Created a tabbed menu today .. something I've been meaning to do for ages.
The menu displayed at the top of the homepage is pure-CSS driven (no images used). Using images would allow for more creativity, but would also add to the page's download-weight. (And I use enough images already .. in the daily entries.)
My goal was to design a tabbed menu that was both simple & functional. I'm pleased with how it turned out .. tho it took a surprising amount of tweakage to get it to look the way I wanted.
Now that I've developed a basic format, I can tweak & adapt as necessary.
Might look simple, but centering that menu had me jumping thru hoops. I reviewed several methods and finally decided to modify Ethan's approach .. so it would resemble the cleanness of Eric Meyer's tabbed navbar (which is not centered).
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I modded the XHTML (& CSS) to eliminate using an extra div (divitis). Also had to add the following attribute/value to the CSS »
height: 19px .. to eliminate a 1-pixel black line that appeared between (separated) each tab and the 2-pixel green bottom border just below (which runs the entire length of the middle column) .. in non-IE browsers. And we're still Strict.
UPDATE 26.Oct.2009 - Had to change the 19px height property to ems .. 1.462em (19px/13px = 1.462em) .. in order to eliminate the 2px bottom border from leaving the bottom of the tabs when the user font-size was changed.
Now I need to create a separate page that indexes all the guides .. so I could include that link in my new menu .. and clean up the home page. But that's another day. Gotta do my taxes now. =/
I also have some ideas for the top heading area (white background). Have collected some cool images that I could composite to create a cool background.
For more along these lines, here's a Google search preconfigured for the query » css tabbed menu centered
In other news, I've been researching the MODx CMS, but we'll leave that for another entry.