How do I keep popup menu parent highlighted?

Posted on 2009-04-01
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I'm creating popup menus in Dreamweaver 8 using the behaviors library (onMouseover & onMouseout). They work fine, but what I'd like is that when the mouse is over the popup menu choices, the parent object (that you rollover to get the popup menu to appear) stays highlighted. Is there a variable somewhere I need to alter? Is there a way to differentiate a regular onMouseout event from a popup rollover?

Attached code is the script call in the document head, followed by the onMouse events on the pages, and finally the first part of the.js file code.

thank you!
function mmLoadMenus() {

  if (window.mm_menu_0325080801_0) return;

            window.mm_menu_0325080801_0 = new Menu("root",132,16,"Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif",9,"#333333","#333333","#f9f0f1","#FFFFFF","left","middle",10,0,500,-5,7,true,false,true,0,true,true);


  mm_menu_0325080801_0.addMenuItem("catering menus","location='cateringmenus.html'");

  mm_menu_0325080801_0.addMenuItem("catering FAQs","location='cateringfaqs.html'");

  mm_menu_0325080801_0.addMenuItem("just for weddings","location='justweddings.html'");






          window.mm_menu_0401112117_0 = new Menu("root",131,15,"Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif",9,"#333333","#333333","#f9f0f1","#FFFFFF","left","middle",3,0,500,-5,7,true,false,true,0,true,true);

  mm_menu_0401112117_0.addMenuItem("press releases","location='press.html'");

  mm_menu_0401112117_0.addMenuItem("media downloads","location='press.html'");







} // mmLoadMenus()


<table width="124" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" bgcolor="#e0b4b7">


            <td onMouseover="this.bgColor='#f9f0f1'" onMouseout="this.bgColor='#e0b4b7'"><a href="index.html" class="mainNav">&nbsp;home            </a></td>



            <td onMouseover="this.bgColor='#f9f0f1'" onMouseout="this.bgColor='#e0b4b7'"><span class="mainNav">&nbsp;<a href="menus.html">menus            </a></span></td>



            <td onMouseover="this.bgColor='#f9f0f1'" onMouseout="this.bgColor='#e0b4b7'"><span class="mainNav">&nbsp;<a href="winelist.html">wine list        </a></span></td>



            <td bgcolor="#f9f0f1"><span class="mainNav"><a href="events.html" name="link2" id="link1" onmouseover="MM_showMenu(window.mm_menu_0325080801_0,122,-6,null,'link2')" onmouseout="MM_startTimeout();">&nbsp;events &amp; catering</a></span></td>



            <td onMouseover="this.bgColor='#f9f0f1'" onMouseout="this.bgColor='#e0b4b7'"><span class="mainNav">&nbsp;<a href="media.html" name="link3" id="link1" onmouseover="MM_showMenu(window.mm_menu_0401112117_0,118,-6,null,'link3')" onmouseout="MM_startTimeout();">media            </a></span></td>



            <td onMouseover="this.bgColor='#f9f0f1'" onMouseout="this.bgColor='#e0b4b7'"><span class="mainNav">&nbsp;<a href="phototour.html">photo tour        </a></span></td>



            <td onMouseover="this.bgColor='#f9f0f1'" onMouseout="this.bgColor='#e0b4b7'"><span class="mainNav">&nbsp;<a href="chef.html">about the chef</a></span></td>




function Menu(label, mw, mh, fnt, fs, fclr, fhclr, bg, bgh, halgn, valgn, pad, space, to, sx, sy, srel, opq, vert, idt, aw, ah) 


	this.version = "020320 [Menu; mm_menu.js]";

	this.type = "Menu";

	this.menuWidth = mw;

	this.menuItemHeight = mh;

	this.fontSize = fs;

	this.fontWeight = "plain";

	this.fontFamily = fnt;

	this.fontColor = fclr;

	this.fontColorHilite = fhclr;

	this.bgColor = "#555555";

	this.menuBorder = 1;


	this.menuItemBorder = 1;

	this.menuItemIndent = idt;

	this.menuItemBgColor = bg;

	this.menuItemVAlign = valgn;

	this.menuItemHAlign = halgn;

	this.menuItemPadding = pad;

	this.menuItemSpacing = space;

	this.menuLiteBgColor = "#ffffff";

	this.menuBorderBgColor = "#777777";

	this.menuHiliteBgColor = bgh;

	this.menuContainerBgColor = "#cccccc";

	this.childMenuIcon = "arrows.gif";

	this.submenuXOffset = sx;

	this.submenuYOffset = sy;

	this.submenuRelativeToItem = srel;

	this.vertical = vert;

	this.items = new Array();

	this.actions = new Array();

	this.childMenus = new Array();

	this.hideOnMouseOut = true;

	this.hideTimeout = to;

	this.addMenuItem = addMenuItem;

	this.writeMenus = writeMenus;

	this.MM_showMenu = MM_showMenu;

	this.onMenuItemOver = onMenuItemOver;

	this.onMenuItemAction = onMenuItemAction;

	this.hideMenu = hideMenu;

	this.hideChildMenu = hideChildMenu;

	if (!window.menus) window.menus = new Array();

	this.label = " " + label;

	window.menus[this.label] = this;

	window.menus[window.menus.length] = this;

	if (!window.activeMenus) window.activeMenus = new Array();


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Question by:mnxo4
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Michel Plungjan earned 250 total points
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Strange the attachement is now visible

Assuming the links change a frame or an iframe you can do something like this
NOTE: BE MORE CONSISTENT - do not use spans everywhere and clean up the whitespace before and after text and tags!!!


.over { background-color:#f9f0f1}

.out { #e0b4b7 }



var saveCell = "";

function swap(lnk,on) {

  var currentCell =;

  if (saveCell == currentCell) return;

  if (saveCell) document.getElementById(saveCell).className="mainNav out";

  document.getElementById(currentCell).className=(on)?"mainNav over":"mainNav out";


function clickIt(lnk) {

  saveCell =



<table width="124" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" bgcolor="#e0b4b7">


            <td id="indexCell" class="mainNav over"><a href="index.html" onMouseOver="swap(this,1)" onMouseOut="swap(this,0)" onClick="clickIt(this)">home</a></td>



            <td id="menusCell" class="mainNav"><a href="menus.html"  onMouseOver="swap(this,1)" onMouseOut="swap(this,0)" onClick="clickIt(this)">menus</a></td>



            <td is="wineCell" class="mainNav"><a href="winelist.html"  onMouseOver="swap(this,1)" onMouseOut="swap(this,0)" onClick="clickIt(this)">wine list</a></td>


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by:Michel Plungjan
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If you load a new page each time, then it is much easier, just remove the scripts from the link of the page you are on:

            <td id="indexCell" class="mainNav over">home</td>

on the home page

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