Making navigation menus using CSS

A recent Sitepoint article by Rachel Andrews, Director of, outlined some pretty Nifty Navigation Tricks Using CSS. Anyone that wants to learn to make some pretty cool tabbed, button or vertical bar navigation lists should give this article a read through. It is a pretty well written article and has a great deal of code that can be easily copied and pasted for your development pleasure.

For four pages it reads very fast. It is easy to follow and the examples are practical. I wish there were some working samples of the code, but still, it is a good teaching tool for those that have yet to dive into CSS based navigation lists (and you should get into it, as CSS is designed for such things).

For those that want a huge assortment of samples, code and really cool lessons, check out Stu Nicholls’ CSS Play. This site is an amazing reference for learning the art of cross-browser compatible CSS. There are menus, layouts and much more available to learn from and even use, in many cases without even a link back to him, though it is always a good idea to give credit where credit is due.

So if you are in need of a little CSS learning fix, hit these references up. You will enjoy them and, in the case of Stu Nicholls, may even make them part of your normal daily web development toolset.

Back in the <saddle />

So today I am back in the position of web designer/architect/crafter/etc. I have, out of necessity, taken on the task of developing the new public web site for the company I work for.

This is not necessarily a bad thing. Except for the fact that I have been out of UI development for about four months. I have been nose deep in framework code and PHP application building that I haven’t done a thing in markup. And that has hurt me. But for the last week or so I have been spending time in HTML, CSS and the like trying to get five different concepts turned into markup by the 15th of the month. I will hit that target, but only because I am dedicated enough to do it.

The next big thing is getting the new server into the DMZ and getting the application code written to hook into my framework so that these pretty UIs can actually be seen on January 1. When the new public site is scheduled to launch. Which means I have a lot more work to do.

And I have to still relearn a bunch of stuff before I do it. Wish me luck.

A new theme…

So I am wanting to work on a new theme for a site that I have yet to unveil. And it is becoming increasingly harder to get what I want without knowing what I need to achieve what I want to achieve.

But, since Google knows everything there is to know about everything, I decided I’d ask him. And he gave me a bunch of answers. But few of the answers he gave me were worth anything. So I asked a different questions a couple of different times, and he gave me more answers. Then he gave me this answer:

CSS Play – Menus

So I thanked Google and moved on to CSS Play. And thank God I did, because I have learned a ton in the last few hours. I cannot wait to get this into practice.