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In order to get drop down menu in top navigation link I did some modification in Master Page and now the tabs are sorted in alphabetical order. It seems to be a known problem linked with the change of:
SiteMapProvider="SPNavigationProvider" with SiteMapProvider="SPSiteMapProvider"

Someone sad that it should be written a new SPSiteMapProvider which aloud sorting.
Did someone write one?

Replace:
< asp:SiteMapDataSource
ShowStartingNode="False"
SiteMapProvider="SPNavigationProvider"
id="topSiteMap"
runat="server"
StartingNodeUrl="sid:1002" / >
 
with:
 
ShowStartingNode="True"
SiteMapProvider="SPSiteMapProvider"
id="topSiteMap"
runat="server" />
 
and set
 
StaticDisplayLevels="2"
MaximumDynamicDisplayLevels="1"

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use the publishing top navigation and it gives you drop downs. You can create a publishing portal and then just pull the code from there.

Then in site settings you can click on navigation and then do sort manually rather than sort automatically. This will allow you to specify the order of the links rather than auto sort in abc order
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by:gregoireb
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Sorry, I didnt catch the idea.
I am in WSS 3.0 (so no MOSS), can you give me more details how I should implement what youve wrote above?
Thank you
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You have WSS  (not MOSS), so you have a limited number of providers to choose from. On the internet a lot of people are providing hacks that using the SPSiteMapProvider can be used to enable fly-out menus on the dropdown. However, that is a "hack" and is not the intent of the SPSiteMapProvider. In fact, WSS is not intended to work like a portal and that is one of the reasons you don't get these fly-outs "out of the box" like you do on MOSS. They want you to upgrade to MOSS to get this type of functionality (i.e.: portal functionality). Unfortunately, Microsoft takes away a lot of funcitonality in WSS so people will upgrade to MOSS (they aren't going to give much away for free :).

Thus, you are probably going to have to build your own site map provider to get this functionality. You can inherit from SPSiteMapProvider in your custom site map provider and provide some sorting code in your custom inherited class. Then, you have to add that class to your web.config file so that SharePoint knows you have a new provider.
Link here gets you started
http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sharepointcustomization/thread/1187ab16-9a5d-450e-9832-17f9984d6621

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