Web Menus with Beauty and Brains

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This book is designed to be the start to finish reference for creating powerful and attractive menus and menu-based interfaces for the Internet and other interactive software applications. It begins with determining the structure for a site, and how to organize menu categories, and then moves on to the practical information required to complete the graphics for the menu, and finally onto the actual page. The sections are clearly divided for use as a reference for experienced designers. The book covers the use of ...
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Overview

This book is designed to be the start to finish reference for creating powerful and attractive menus and menu-based interfaces for the Internet and other interactive software applications. It begins with determining the structure for a site, and how to organize menu categories, and then moves on to the practical information required to complete the graphics for the menu, and finally onto the actual page. The sections are clearly divided for use as a reference for experienced designers. The book covers the use of major apps such as Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, GoLive, and Photoshop.
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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 Jersey┬ľbased 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764536434
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Peck is a Web designer and computer graphics trainer with more than a dozen years of graphic design experience. She writes the popular WebReferenec.com column "Production Graphics" and is the author of Dreamweaver 4 Weekend Crash Course.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. I Putting the Brains into Menu-Based Interfaces 1
Ch. 1 What Is a Menu? 3
Ch. 2 Setting Site Direction and Assessing Available Tools 19
Ch. 3 Why Are Your Visitors Here? 27
Ch. 4 Understanding Browsers, Intranets, and Wireless 35
Ch. 5 Putting the "Map" into a Site Map 49
Ch. 6 Choosing the Right Look 63
Ch. 7 Creating a Rough Comp 75
Pt. II Slim, Sexy Menus: Making Words Count 83
Ch. 8 Understanding Text Menu Methods 85
Ch. 9 Cascading Style Sheets: The Production Tool that Delivers on Promises 99
Ch. 10 Lightweight Champs: Text Menus That Fly onto the Page 115
Ch. 11 Creating Tiny Text You Can Actually Read 129
Ch. 12 Typography Counts for Menus 139
Ch. 13 Text and Design 153
Ch. 14 Text Menus for Wireless Devices 167
Pt. III More Than Just a Pretty Face: Graphic Menus with a Purpose 175
Ch. 15 Why'd They Do That? Notes from Great Graphic Sites 177
Ch. 16 Creating Graphic Elements to Guide Your Visitor 191
Ch. 17 Preparing Graphics for Slicing and Rollovers 205
Ch. 18 Optimizing and Slicing Graphic for Menus 215
Ch. 19 Creating Tables that Stay Put in Any Browser 233
Ch. 20 Stretch Your Work: Liquid Design for Any Monitor Resolution 245
Ch. 21 Special Techniques for Flash 257
Pt. IV Lights, Camera, Action! Time to Create the Show 273
Ch. 22 Mouse Moves: Creating Simple and Complex Rollovers and Image Maps 275
Ch. 23 Building DHTML Drop-Down Menus with Text and Graphics 285
Ch. 24 Creating Jump Menus and Customized Forms 297
Ch. 25 Automation and Template Tricks 307
Ch. 26 Pulling It Together, and Test, Test, and Test Again 319
Ch. 27 Production Tricks and Fun Stuff 331
App.: What's on the CD-ROM 343
Index 349
End-User License Agreement 360
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