Site Navigation with CSS in Dreamweaver
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Using icons in navigation


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Site Navigation with CSS in Dreamweaver

with Joseph Lowery

Video: Using icons in navigation

The simplest form of CSS navigation is to take an unordered list of words or phrases and convert it to clickable buttons. To make it easier for site visitors to understand and remember navigation elements, many designers are integrating small images, or icons, into their nav bars. Let me show you a few examples. Here is the Narwhal Company, and as you can see in their navigation up top, they have very simple icons hand-drawn which light up and highlight when you roll over them.
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  1. 2m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 18s
  2. 9m 26s
    1. Using icons in navigation
      2m 14s
    2. Understanding 3D nav bars
      2m 25s
    3. Understanding explanatory navigation
      1m 51s
    4. Creating animated navigation
      2m 56s
  3. 1h 14m
    1. Inserting Spry horizontal menus
      7m 4s
    2. Styling Spry menus
      6m 29s
    3. Adding Spry vertical menus
      5m 7s
    4. Styling Spry vertical menus
      10m 53s
    5. Using Spry tabbed navigation
      9m 33s
    6. Styling Spry tabbed menus
      9m 55s
    7. Including Spry accordion panel menus
      5m 32s
    8. Styling Spry accordion menus
      11m 10s
    9. Advanced Spry menu techniques
      8m 32s
  4. 35m 45s
    1. Converting lists to menus
      7m 56s
    2. Working with background images
      5m 47s
    3. Implementing sprites
      5m 53s
    4. Setting up adjustable backgrounds
      9m 4s
    5. Designing accessible navigation
      7m 5s
  5. 30m 34s
    1. Looking at the project
      1m 4s
    2. Building up the basic HTML
      2m 9s
    3. Displaying top-level links horizontally
      8m 12s
    4. Customizing the link states
      4m 29s
    5. Adding drop-down menus (HTML)
      3m 48s
    6. Working with submenus (CSS)
      4m 8s
    7. Achieving interactive submenus
      2m 21s
    8. Marking the current page
      4m 23s
  6. 23m 13s
    1. Looking at the project
      57s
    2. Understanding vertical menus
      2m 15s
    3. Defining width for link elements
      4m 43s
    4. Using background graphics with navigation
      5m 45s
    5. Creating pop-out vertical navigation
      6m 29s
    6. Setting link states
      3m 4s
  7. 10m 13s
    1. Identifying anchor tags
      7m 4s
    2. Identifying external links
      3m 9s
  8. 18m 14s
    1. Creating jQuery animated image menus
      7m 45s
    2. Using the HTML5 nav tag
      3m 24s
    3. Exploring CSS3 enhancements
      7m 5s
  9. 28s
    1. Next steps
      28s

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Watch the Online Video Course Site Navigation with CSS in Dreamweaver
3h 24m Intermediate Mar 22, 2011

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Join Joseph Lowery in Site Navigation with CSS in Dreamweaver as he explores current design trends in site navigation and shows designers and developers how to create robust CSS-based navigation. The course shows how to convert HTML lists to graphical controls that integrate seamlessly with an existing site design, and how to build menus with a wide range of navigation options, all in standards-compliant CSS. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Using icons
  • Navigating with Spry widgets
  • Styling Spry menus
  • Working with background images
  • Implementing sprites
  • Designing navigation with accessibility in mind
  • Adding drop-down menus
  • Developing graphical navigation with jQuery
  • Creating pop-out vertical navigation
  • Exploring CSS3 and HTML5 enhancements
Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
Joseph Lowery

Using icons in navigation

The simplest form of CSS navigation is to take an unordered list of words or phrases and convert it to clickable buttons. To make it easier for site visitors to understand and remember navigation elements, many designers are integrating small images, or icons, into their nav bars. Let me show you a few examples. Here is the Narwhal Company, and as you can see in their navigation up top, they have very simple icons hand-drawn which light up and highlight when you roll over them.

And if we go to a specific one, like Passport here, the icon stays lit up in that color, showing the selected page. Another one is from custom TORONTO, and here's some side navigation. Very clean, informative icons showing the various categories. When you roll over it, a highlight outlines the icons as well as the text and shows the flyout menu in a bright purple color. If you go to a specific page, you can see that they've reversed that concept to show the current page.

Another approach can be seen on the Carsonified site. Carsonified is a design firm, and as we roll over the various categories up top, you can see the navigation icons appear, symbolizing each project. And let's take a look at the very first one here, Values. And again, they're choosing to reverse the colors but keep the icon showing, very clearly designating that this is the current page. Finally, here's a template from a company called Bogawat.

And they have kind of a different approach to this. Rather than always having the text visible and then showing the icons on roll-over, they do the reverse. So they have icons and you can go to a certain page and click on it and then you see the text. They also are using tooltips, as you can see, using the title tag, so that you don't have to click on it in order to see what it is. All of these icon navigation techniques are very straightforward to implement and rely on the background image technique covered later in this course.

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