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Chapter Fifteen. Working with DOM-Based ... > Dynamic Menus (Drop-Down and Expanda...

Dynamic Menus (Drop-Down and Expandable)

DHTML menus have at least four kinds of stink on them:

  • Developers recall the overlarge marketing promises, undersized performance, and woeful incompatibilities of proprietary 1998 “DHTML.”

  • Committees incapable of basing site architecture on anything other than the egos of their members have given us multilayered menus that frustrate us instead of guiding us to the content we seek.

  • Undertested “DHTML” menus that fail in our browsers have prevented us all from using one site or another.

  • WYSIWYG-generated DHTML menus have all too frequently “solved” the cross-browser, cross-platform problem by means of bloated, nonstructural markup and gaseous, browser-specific scripts that double or triple page weight (thereby increasing page wait).


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