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The horizontal menu bar that Im working on can be viewed here;
http://www.taxconcern.co.uk/default1.htm

As you can see there are some problems. Basically Id like each menu item to be centered in its "box". eg. you can see that "home" is placed at the bottom. How do I format the menu so it looks professional? Note:  I dont want to change the size of each menu item.

Ive attached both the html file and css file for you to look at.

Thanks.


HTML CODE below
---------------------------
 
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD html 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<html>
<head>
    <title>Tax Concern</title>
    <link media="screen" href="styles1.css" type="text/css" rel="StyleSheet">
</head>
<body>
     <div id="container">
    <h1><img alt="Taxconcern header" src="images/header1.png" /></h1>
        <br />
        <ul id="topnav">
            <li><a href="default.htm" title="cgtcalculator home page">Home</a></li>
            <li><a href="calculator.aspx" title="capital gains calculator">About Taxconcern</a></li>
            <li><a href="example.htm" title="capital gains calculator examples">HMRC COPS 2005 Investigation</a></li>
            <li><a href="instructions.htm" title="capital gains calculator instructions">HMRC COP 11 Personal Enquiry</a></li>
            <li><a href="algorithm.htm" title="cgtcalculator calculations explained">HMRC COP 14 Company Enquiry</a></li>
            <li><a href="convert.aspx" title="cgtcalculator convert format">HMRC PN160 VAT Enquiry</a></li>
            <li><a href="calculatecgt.aspx" title="tax calculator">Student Tax Refund</a></li>
	    <li><a href="calculatecgt.aspx" title="tax calculator">CIS Calculator</a></li>
	    <li><a href="calculatecgt.aspx" title="tax calculator">Shopping Calculator</a></li>
        </ul>
    </div>
    <div id="bodycontainer">
        <h1>
            Welcome to TaxConcern</h1>
        <div>
            <p>
                Content goes in here
            </p>
	</div>
     </div>   
</body>
</html>
 
 
 
CSS code below
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/* Default CSS Stylesheet for a new Web Application project */
 
 
*
{
	-moz-box-sizing: border-box;
}
 
 
h1
{
	color: #003366;
	font-size: 110%;
	margin: 0;
	padding: 0;
}
 
 
ul
{
	list-style-type: none;
	margin:				0;
	
}
 
body
{
	font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;
	margin: 0;
	padding: 0;
	text-align: center;
	color: #444;
}
 
img
{
	border-style: none;
}
 
 
a.nounderline
{
	text-decoration: none;
}
 
#container
{
	text-align: left;
	margin: 0 auto;
	width: 980;
	background: #fff;
}
 
 
#bodycontainer
{
	text-align: left;
	width: 980;
	background: #fff;
	padding: 20px 20px 7px 20px;
	border: 1px solid green;
	margin: 0 auto;
}
 
 
 
 
h1 img
{
	display: block;
	border: 0;
}
 
 
 
ul#topnav
{
	margin: 0;
	padding: 8px 2px;
	list-style-type: none;
	background: green;
	text-align: left;
	vertical-align: middle;
	font-size: 70%;
}
 
 
ul#topnav li
{
	font-weight: bold;
	display: inline;
	padding: 0 5px 0 5px;
	width:105px;
	border-right: thin solid #fff;
}
 
 
ul#topnav li a:link, ul#topnav li a:visited
{
	text-decoration: none;
	color: #fff;
}
 
 
ul#topnav li a:hover, ul#topnav li a:active
{
	text-decoration: underline;
	color: #90EE90;
	background: green;
}

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by:pigmentarts
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you have too many menu items, unless you make bigger the size of the page or make the text smaller its not going to look right. if you dont want to do this, why not condense some items together under one title by adding a CSS dropdown menu. no javascript just pure CSS so its Google friendly and very accessible. for example something like this: http://www.cssplay.co.uk/menus/final_drop.html

style it the same as your menu and it will look good
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Thanks but Im really looking for a specific solution to the above problem. I cant beleive a CSS expert (not me!) cant make changes/additions to the above style sheet to create a professional looking menu bar.
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describe what you mean by professional looking menu bar? are you just on about aligning the text up, or  the style look and feel?
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Its mainly about aligning the text up (Im quite happy with a simple menu bar).
Also the white right border. That should be from top to bottom on all the items.
The text size can perhaps be reduced a bit if that necessary.
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Ive changed the text-align to "center" and played about with the length of the menu items and it looks great. So please consider this question closed now.
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