View Full Version : Help with vertically aligning this sidebar menu?

09-10-2009, 05:49 PM
1) Script Title: Nested Side Bar Menu

2) Script URL (on DD): http://www.dynamicdrive.com/style/csslibrary/item/nested_side_bar_menu/

3) Describe problem: Is it possible to horizontally align this menu?

I was wondering if it was possible to make this menu drop down (vertically) and be aligned horizontally?

The CSS Style/Javascript:

<style type="text/css">

/*Credits: Dynamic Drive CSS Library */
/*URL: http://www.dynamicdrive.com/style/ */

.sidebarmenu ul{
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
list-style-type: none;
font: bold 13px Verdana;
width: 180px; /* Main Menu Item widths */
border-bottom: 1px solid #ccc;

.sidebarmenu ul li{
position: relative;

/* Top level menu links style */
.sidebarmenu ul li a{
display: block;
overflow: auto; /*force hasLayout in IE7 */
color: white;
text-decoration: none;
padding: 6px;
border-bottom: 1px solid #778;
border-right: 1px solid #778;

.sidebarmenu ul li a:link, .sidebarmenu ul li a:visited, .sidebarmenu ul li a:active{
background-color: #012D58; /*background of tabs (default state)*/

.sidebarmenu ul li a:visited{
color: white;

.sidebarmenu ul li a:hover{
background-color: black;

/*Sub level menu items */
.sidebarmenu ul li ul{
position: absolute;
width: 170px; /*Sub Menu Items width */
top: 0;
visibility: hidden;

.sidebarmenu a.subfolderstyle{
background: url(right.gif) no-repeat 97% 50%;

/* Holly Hack for IE \*/
* html .sidebarmenu ul li { float: left; height: 1%; }
* html .sidebarmenu ul li a { height: 1%; }
/* End */


<script type="text/javascript">

//Nested Side Bar Menu (Mar 20th, 09)
//By Dynamic Drive: http://www.dynamicdrive.com/style/

var menuids=["sidebarmenu1"] //Enter id(s) of each Side Bar Menu's main UL, separated by commas

function initsidebarmenu(){
for (var i=0; i<menuids.length; i++){
var ultags=document.getElementById(menuids[i]).getElementsByTagName("ul")
for (var t=0; t<ultags.length; t++){
ultags[t].parentNode.getElementsByTagName("a")[0].className+=" subfolderstyle"
if (ultags[t].parentNode.parentNode.id==menuids[i]) //if this is a first level submenu
ultags[t].style.left=ultags[t].parentNode.offsetWidth+"px" //dynamically position first level submenus to be width of main menu item
else //else if this is a sub level submenu (ul)
ultags[t].style.left=ultags[t-1].getElementsByTagName("a")[0].offsetWidth+"px" //position menu to the right of menu item that activated it
for (var t=ultags.length-1; t>-1; t--){ //loop through all sub menus again, and use "display:none" to hide menus (to prevent possible page scrollbars

if (window.addEventListener)
window.addEventListener("load", initsidebarmenu, false)
else if (window.attachEvent)
window.attachEvent("onload", initsidebarmenu)


Plus the HTML to use it:

<div class="sidebarmenu">
<ul id="sidebarmenu1">
<li><a href="#">Item 1</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Item 2</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Folder 1</a>
<li><a href="#">Sub Item 1.1</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sub Item 1.2</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Item 3</a></li>

<li><a href="#">Folder 2</a>
<li><a href="#">Sub Item 2.1</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Folder 2.1</a>
<li><a href="#">Sub Item 2.1.1</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sub Item 2.1.2</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sub Item 2.1.3</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sub Item 2.1.4</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Item 4</a></li>

Thanks :)

09-14-2009, 12:53 PM
How far did you want it to drop vertically? You could simply add: .sidebarmenu ul {margin-top: 20px;} to give a top margin.

As for "aligned horizontally", I'm assuming you meant "centered"? If so centering the containing div with "margin: 0px auto;" should work or adding "margin-left" to however you would like the menu indented.