LINES - XTree
Tree Menu System
An all-around tree menu system
Tree Menu with CONSTRUCTION LINES
The selected menu
item's right hand side is OPEN and no lines are
separating the selected menu item from the main
body area. This make things more clear that this
selection belongs to this main body text.
Please also see other these other tree styles:
- Image Only
(e.g. Custom Fonts)
- Note: You still have full customization of
the entire tree
you are not limited to these styles show above
with context highlighting. Note: it's best not to add too many levels
or you may have very little room on the right hand side to work with.
Auto Updating: Fully integrated with Dreamweaver
MX and MX 2004
you change or rename a file name in Dreamweaver, it's
links and url's are updated. If you move a file to a
different folder, it's links are also automatically updated
Menu items can be
e.g. Annual Report
images and text (e.g.-
existing tree menus have to use either: frames, a server side dll, very complex
site menu for each page. Which means SLOW.........(Why load the entire site
menu if you are not going to visit every single page in the entire site anyway?)
- REAL-TIME CRITICAL Data
how it handles time sensitive data with the
Tree Menu Architecture
- Embedded Breadcrumbs
Each level is highlighted to allow the user to quickly see main categories
on the tree menu for faster surfing just like regular breadcrumbs.
FRAMES needed or desired to make this work
NOTE: pay close attention to competitors products as they may need frames
to make it work.
Tree Menu System drag and drop anywhere,
including the menu into your Favorites folder
Server-Side DLL's needed
Some tree menus require you to install a server side DLL on the web server
to get it to work. This system doesn't need it.
to make it work or some server side .DLL item.
(e.g. things will line up properly..)
This works in Netscape 4.x browsers and visually impaired screen readers,
Section 508 compliance. No worrying about the menu being too wide or overlapping
in this other browser. Uses simple table tags that consistently work in any
Expand/Collapse for faster surfing
(Just like your Microsoft I.E. Favorites Panel)
CSS hacks or workarounds used.
No worrying about whether the menu is misaligned or chopped off in this browser
but works well in that other browser. No complicated CSS used. Thus, CSS
workarounds and hacks for cross-browser compliance are not needed. That's
why it can be used on Netscape 4.x browsers, Macs, and screen readers
NOTE: Beware of menus systems that partially work, i.e. 'gracefully degrade'...in
other words, fully expanded menus in Netscape 4.x or Mac Browsers. How are
you really supposed to read anything if the menu is a mile in length? Fully
expanded menus totally defeats the purpose of a tree menu in the first place
and you end up scrolling forever to get to the bottom of the page.
Time Database Tree Menu Architecture:
(dynamic menus do's and don't and
a common sense solution for real-time critical data)
- NOTE: Please
start with the MOST BASIC nested template example,
ALPHA, before using this one....you can save
a lot more time and have a lot less frustration.
15 minutes is all it takes, OK?
This Nested Template is kept simple in order for
you to easily adapt it with your existing templates as
as understand what is going on, "template
programming-wise" as it can get pretty confusing.
- Nevertheless, because it's using Templates and Library
Items, massive changes across the entire web site can be
made with the click of the button. AND massive changes
across a selected part of the web site can also be made.
- Nested Templates are great for big sites that have their
own sections while maintaining a consistent navigation
across the entire site. Moreover, each section can also
have customization that will also propagate through it's
own set of pages.
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