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An entire book on web menus? Heck, yes. Web menus are where the "rubber meets the road." They're where designers must translate all that fancy, high-falutin' talk about navigation and usability into solutions that work. In this book, long-time Webreference.com columnist Wendy Peck shows how.
The emphasis is on the second half of the title: delivering menus with both beauty and intelligence, menus that respect the goals of the site -- and the visitor. You'll get your hands grubby with plenty of examples -- examples using Photoshop/ImageReady, Fireworks and Dreamweaver, Paint Shop Pro, and more.
Peck covers the full gamut of menu design, ranging from simple lightweight text (even creating wireless device menus) all the way up to Flash (very cool, but with a couple of huge limitations). There's extensive practical coverage of Cascading Style Sheets, and of tables -- especially, how to avoid the stupid browser inconsistencies that still plague web designers. Speaking of which, Peck walks you through creating menus with server-side includes, which are cross-browser safe because your server's doing the processing.
The accompanying CD-ROM contains a batch of easy-to-adapt menu templates that put the final polish on a book working web designers will love. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jerseybased marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.