October 19, 2008

October 2008 Meeting Report:
Styling Links

At our October meeting, we began a series of presentations on styling the navigation menu of a website.

Navigation can help give a site a distinctive look, one that carries over throughout the site. We discussed some of the design objectives of a navigation scheme and how the design can help or hinder the site's usebility and accessibility.

We looked at a few examples of navigation schemes using CSS (links open in new browser windows):

CSS: Pushbutton Links-Mike's Experiments

Advanced CSS Menu

Stu Nicholls | CSSplay | CSS only menus

In order to style menus, even cutting and pasting from an example, we need to understand the HTML that creates links. To that end, we began with a review of the basics of the anchor link in HTML.

We will continue on this topic in December. At the November meeting, we will have a special presentation on a topic to be announced.

October 17, 2008

October 18 Meeting Announcement

The next session of the PACS CSS Workshop will be held this Saturday, October 18, from 9 to 10 am in the Alps Room at the Giant Foods community center.

We will be starting a series of meetings on navigation. It is a topic that Web Design has covered, but as is our usual practice, we will look at the basics of styling navigation links to understand the foundations better. With that goal in mind, the October session will be about styling links, starting with HTML and working forward.