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Advantages to Using Pure-CSS Over HTML Image Rollovers for Navbars


When creating a navigation menu, or navbar, navmenu, navstrip, etc. for a webpage, remember who your target audience is. For official company websites designed to sell products, you need to have your customer be viewing what you have to offer the fastest. Therefore, you don’t want them to have to preload 40 images when the page loads, every single time. Loading images for HTML-designed rollover scripts will get the job done, however it does it in a manner which is unacceptable if you are targeting a vast array of people; vast arrays of people have a large variety of different internet connections. Not everyone has T1 and can view sites instantaneously, despite the number of images.
So what should I use?

Pure-CSS navigational menus are the best, typically in the vertical format. That is a separate issue, but I will discuss it a bit here:

Vertical menus tend to be more effective seeing as they have the additional expandability that you do not get with fixed-width horizontal menus. Not to mention, there is no worrying about screen resolution or horizontal scrolling, as it is all done along the side of the screen and not across it.

If you ever want to add a menu link to a vertical navbar done with pure-CSS, it is as easy as adding a list item to your HTML markup.

How do I do it?

First of all, what is it? The best and most common way to tell if a navbar is pure-CSS or HTML is to attempt to highlight any text included; if it is actual text done with HTML/CSS (highlightable), it is pure-CSS. If it is an image and drags when one attempts to highlight it, it is most likely an HTML rollover script.

Normally, CSS navbars feature colored blocks with pure text that one can mouseover, and the color will change.

In order to create such a menu, the web designer  from top web development companies, should create an unordered list in HTML markup, and add his links (a href) as list items. Then, using CSS (and the “BLOCK” property), he will style the “UL” block and add mouseover effects, and sometimes even text effects or indicators to note that the user is currently viewing that page.

That’s all there is to it; simply create an unordered list and style the UL property in CSS in either a separate stylesheet, or at the top of the HTML page you are currently working on. Remember to set the list-type property to none to remove the bullets!

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