I received an email from James Monohan a couple of days ago asking if it were possible to create a CSS only version of the javascript 'Drill-Down' menu system which can be found on the web. I must admit that I had not seen this particular menu system and when shown examples I thought that it was a step too far for CSS .... BUT I was wrong!

Whilst this CSS only version may not be a universal solution it does offer a CSS only answer that can be used on certain types of website.

The limitations are that it does require a fixed position for the menu, to stop it jumping to the top of page when clicking the links (as it does in the IE6 version), which means that it will stay fixed on the screen as the page scrolls. I have seen many websites where this is a feature and not a limitation, so I do not see this as a problem, and the other limitation is that Safari, Chrome and Opera do not implement the fixed positioning correctly and still insist that the page must jump to the top of the original position of the menu as if it had a static position, the outcome of this is that the menu appears to jump down the page in these three browsers. This is a significant bug and I leave this demo onsite to see when it is fixed.

Also, just because CSS3 is now supported in most modern browsers, I have added a drop shadow to the menu AND for Safari and Chrome there is a slide-in animation for each menu change.

Works correctly in IE7, IE8 and Firefox, but Safari, Opera and Chrome need to correct their implementation of position:fixed;.

Works in IE6 but the menu will scroll with the page and jump to the top of page when clicked (if the page has vertical scroll bars).


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