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Posted 22 July 2005 - 09:45 AM
I am working on a menu/nav for a website and I am wanting to show my boss two menus... one, bascially a static CSS menu according to which page one is one - secondly, a DHTML menu with drop down sub menus. Can search engines pick up what are in these menus? Should I stick twith the CSS menu I have been working on?
Posted 22 July 2005 - 10:19 AM
Or if you use a DHTML one that the engines can't index, you can simply use the noscript tag along with it.
Posted 22 July 2005 - 11:08 AM
Jill, out of curiosity, are DHTML menus always a problem from a spidering standpoint?
NeilPeartRocks: At our shop, we have been making a point of doing all-CSS menus and getting good results, including dropdown and fly-out style menus. At this point, we see no reason to go any other way. Good for SEs and for all kinds of usability reasons.
Posted 22 July 2005 - 11:20 AM
It's best to use a css menu anyway, because it removes your content from the page markup.
There are many tutorials on how to build a css drop down menu on the web. Search for "CSS Drop Down Menu UL LI". You'll probably be linked to htmldog or suckerfish.
Posted 22 July 2005 - 11:41 AM
But the kind like mikey dj mentioned above are awesome! (Welcome mikey! )
I've had two clients come to me with these already in place on their existing sites and I was like...COOL!
Posted 22 July 2005 - 12:11 PM
Posted 22 July 2005 - 12:14 PM
Right, but if you have a menu such as mine on the pages outside of this forum, they cannot be spidered and need the noscript tag.
I wonder how easy/hard it would be for me to transfer it to a css friendly one. Or would it be smarter to just redo the whole site?
Posted 27 July 2005 - 01:32 AM
I'd definitely recommend using structured HTML (or XHTML) for markup,
browser incompatibility issues). This way you will get a nice sitemap for
the spiders for free.
As mentioned by mikey dj, the Suckerfish example is absolutely fabulous:
NOTE: The Suckerfish is starting to grow old, so check the other articles
based on the it at the A List Apart.
Jill: If you're planning on site re-design, make it all XHTML while you're at it -
it would seriously reduce the bandwidth requirements.
Posted 27 July 2005 - 03:49 AM
Go on! You know you want to!
Posted 27 July 2005 - 07:35 AM
Posted 27 July 2005 - 07:54 AM
I wrote the menu code at http://www.housebuyernetwork.com from scratch (see the About Us and Resources menu items), and I have full rights to give it away. Feel free to copy it to use on HR. There are three components to it:
- The HTML in the body of each page.
- The CSS specifications for the menu items in style.css.
Posted 27 July 2005 - 09:01 AM
I really don't care if the search engines see them as I use the <noscript> tag for that.
I may just do it out of curiousity though, to see if I can, and to learn something!
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