A simple solution for accordion menus

Podger, David, and Canyon, Deon (2007) A simple solution for accordion menus. Clarion Magazine, 9 (10). pp. 1-14.

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For quite a while we have been designing and writing a small, single-user application. It is an authoring environment for web-delivered case studies. There are no Clarion drop-down menus; what users see as the frrst window is a browse of their cases. It's a good way to drop them right into the driving seat. The product, although small, is complex with quite a few drill-down pathways. Having decided against conventional Clarion menus, we began by populating the front window with good-looking buttons, one for each downwards pathway. The evil day eventually arrived: too many pathways, too many buttons and that top window, which had to look good, had become crowded and ugly. We have a lot of third-party Clarion products, but we wondered if we could write a sidebar menu ourselves. Thoughts like these beguile the mind. The temptation was too great, and this article is proof. It describes a simple home-grown menu, provides the source and delivers a single-window demonstration app. But a retail quality accordion menu it is not. The source is quite straight-forward and the places where it is modified are also clear, but some hand coding is needed to adapt it to particular needs. We use it ourselves, so it has had a workout. Want to improve it, make it shorter or tum it into a template? Feel free.

Item ID: 2436
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1718-9942
Keywords: software development; Css; web-based applications; Clarion; javascript
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2009 04:45
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