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Menu issue when creating a theme


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Community Member, 1 Post

8 December 2009 at 2:42pm

Hi everyone! Nice to meet you...
I've been having a hard time trying to figure out this one; I don't know how to add the following menu to my theme:

<ul id="menu">
               <li><a href="#" class="about">About Us</a></li>
               <li><a href="#" class="service">Services</a></li>
               <li><a href="#" class="blog">Blog</a></li>
               <li><a href="#" class="contact">Contact</a></li>

The issue is that her's the way I wrote the CSS, it's made with sprites technique:

         width: 551px;
         margin-left: 170px;
         margin-top: 114px;
         list-style: none;
         ul#menu li a{
            display: block;
            float: left;
            height: 35px;
            background-image: url(img/menu.png);
            text-indent: -9999px;
            ul#menu li a.about{
               width: 146px;
               background-position: 0 0;
               ul#menu li a.about:hover{
                  background-position: 0 -44px;
            ul#menu li a.service{
               width: 140px;
               background-position: -146px 0;
               ul#menu li a.service:hover{
                  background-position: -146px -44px;
            ul#menu li{
               width: 120px;
               background-position: -286px 0;
               ul#menu li{
                  background-position: -286px -44px;
            ul#menu li{
               width: 144px;
               background-position: -406px 0;
               ul#menu li{
                  background-position: -406px -44px;

So the Method of

<% if Menu(1) %> <ul><% control Menu(1) %>...

possibly won't work, so which could the best method to accomplish a menu that's as functional as the one the HTML has??

Thanks for reading this,
Alan S.


Forum Moderator, 5513 Posts

8 December 2009 at 8:25pm

For using sprites in menus like this I normally use the $URLSegment variable as the class name

<% control Menu(1) %>
<li><a href="$Link" class="$URLSegment">$Title</a></li>
<% end_control %>

Then that gives you classes like 'home', 'about', 'blog'. However its not particular robust if you want to rename a page but it works otherwise!


Community Member, 14 Posts

22 December 2009 at 9:13pm

Thanks for the hint Willr.

This can be easylie enhanced with css mouseover effect using the states (current/section/link) from $LinkingMode.


<ul id="Menu1">
<% control Menu(1) %>
<li class="$LinkingMode" id="$URLSegment"><a href="$Link">$Title</a></li>
<% end_control %>


#about-us a{
   width: 50px;
   margin-left: 20px;
   background: url(../images/nav_about.gif) no-repeat;
#about-us a:hover, #about-us.current a, #about-us.section a{
   background: url(../images/nav_about_mo.gif) no-repeat;

Is there any smarter solution? Using mouseOver wouldn't highlight the current list item.

kind regards