CSS3 - The future now - Exploding Menu

10th February 2011

Suitable for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

Animation/Transitions viewable in Safari, Chrome, Opera, Firefox, iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

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An 'exploding' set of stacked menu items (images) with CSS3 transitions to give animations to rival those of jQuery, useful for those websites that are tight on space for a permanent horizontal menu.

For the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch the menu will work by tapping the 'menu' image, the exploding lists will stay open until the 'close' image, which appears in place of the 'menu' image, is tapped.

If you are using Firefox 4 beta, Opera, Safari or Chrome you will see the full animation. The icons are stacked on top of each other with the 'menu' image on top. Hovering the top level 'menu' image will cause it to rise upwards and the stacked images will flyout left an right to form a horizontal menu.

All browsers except IE will have rounded corners on the horizontal menu.

Internet Explorer and Firefox 3.x will have an instant display of the exploding images.

Tested and working in IE7, IE8, IE9, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome, Flock, SeaMonkey, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.


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