How Cite URL in Show PopUp Menu

Posted on 2002-07-13
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I am making a PopUP (actually a drop down vertically) Menu using the new Show Pop UP Menu Behavior in DW MX. Once the page is done, I will either make it into a formal DW Template, or just save it as a page and use copies of it to create pages in various folders throughout the large site.

My question is how the URLs should be cited on this master (template). If I just navigate to the files and select them Relative to the Document, will DW know to adjust the links when I copy the page do a different folder? Thanks.
Question by:jajr
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Zeffer earned 400 total points
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yes..you will get a window which (pops up)..:) listing the files affected and asking..should Dreamwever update the links to those files..click ok.

It does the same thing if you change a file or page name..in the site.


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Zeffer - i thinkyou're mistaken - dw doesn't update URLs for the show pop up menu behavior which is why, if you're programming a template from scratch, you can't use this behavior.  i'm wondering if a workaround would be to use absolute instead of rel

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Boy is this out of the past! I had forgotten about the question. You're right, I subsequently learned that since the dropdown is in script, it does not get updated.

Truth is, the built-in popup maker in DWMX creates such a massive amount of code that it is generally not desirable, as it slows the download excessively.  I ended up using a show-hide layers technique developed by projectseven, which creates slim code. Since then, I think they have even developed some more automated methods.

As for the ability to use such a mechanism on a template, there was some (heavy) discussion about it many months ago in the macromedia. dreamweaver forum, with suggested workaround, but that too was major work.  Absolute links would probably work, but there is probably some minor downside to that too. I ended up just having the full dropdowns on the home page, since there were a number of them, each with many underneath.  See www.rrmuseumpa.org.  I also found that even when items were listed on the dropdowns, people were entering what they wanted in the site search.  Some studies (reported by Jacob Nielsen as I recall) suggest that this is a path of least perceived resistance for people anyway.

Haven't had a chance to check what DWMX2004 does on this.  

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"I also found that even when items were listed on the dropdowns, people were entering what they wanted in the site search.  Some studies (reported by Jacob Nielsen as I recall) suggest that this is a path of least perceived resistance for people anyway."

i agree - but the customer is always right ;-)

another funky thing with these drop downs is that if you use them with a swf you have to make your movie bg transparent and that only works in ie and the latest vs. of netscape (if you're using the flash 6 and above plug in!)

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