|Hybrid drop-down menu / image-map menus|
Extra submenu levels
The Express and Pro versions of this applet allow an additional
menu-sublevel. i.e. a menu pops up from hotspots on the main image,
and entries on this submenu can in turn trigger a further level of
boxes to appear. These additional submenus will appear to the left
or right of their parent submenu, depending how much space is available.
While it might sound attractive to have yet further levels of submenus,
in practice this would not be friendly to your site visitors. Diving
deep through menu systems gets people confused, and you should really
ensure that your menu structure is as simple as possible. Two sub-levels
is enough to allow you to clearly present many hundreds or even a thousand
links on a single imagemap.
To assign entries to submenu levels, you can use the automatic index
editor. This visualises your index as a tree while you are writing it,
and makes submenus very clear for editing.
Alternatively you can write the index manually. The easiest way here is
to use our own examples as templates. View the text files in the download
demonstration packages. To help you understand what you see in these
templates, here is an explanation.
"TEXT:top level" "1" "" "LINK:myPage1.html,myFrame" "[message]"
"TEXT:submenu level 1" "2" "" "LINK:myPage.html2,myFrame" "[message]"
"TEXT:submenu level 2" "3" "" "LINK:myPage.html3,myFrame" "[message]"
The number highlighted in red is the hierarchy marker. 1 marks a top-level entry and
is assigned to a hotspot on the imagemap. 2 marks the first submenu level. 3 marks a
submenu popping up from a first level submenu. Anything with 4 or higher will be ignored.
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