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Lesson 3. Dynamic Learning Interactions > Adding a Jump Menu for Branch Navigat...

Adding a Jump Menu for Branch Navigation

In this next task, you will use a Dreamweaver behavior. Behaviors are prebuilt scripts that ship with Dreamweaver that you can apply to create different kinds of interactivity. The behavior you will use in this task is a jump menu. The jump menu is a drop-down menu that redirects the user to a different URL, depending on which option is selected. Most Dreamweaver behaviors deploy a script that enables interactivity. Most scripts require some programming skill to write—more skill than many designers and instructors have. However, many effects are quite common. Behaviors are simply commonly used, ready-made scripts simple enough for nonprogrammers to deploy.

If all this sounds more complicated than putting a <p> tag around some text, or inserting an <img> tag with a couple of specified parameters to add an image, it is. Underneath many of these interactions is a Web technology known as Dynamic HTML. DHTML is hard to define, but generally it is the combination of HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. I'm going to duck a broader discussion of DHTML at this time, because this technology will make more sense after you've gotten your hands dirty. What you need to know for now is that Dreamweaver behaviors are a powerful way for nonprogrammers to pack a punch with DHTML.


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