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Taken From The Forum: Help & Support for DHTML Menu Version 5+
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Last Updated: Saturday July 14 2012 - 06:07:24

Help for installing menu?

Poster: Elessar852
Dated: Thursday July 17 2003 - 8:44:17 BST

Hey guys - I've got a question. I've been trying to install a horizontal menu on my site, but I can never get it to work. :| When I set it to appear horizontally, all that shows up is something that looks like a sliver of glass... When I set it to appear vertically however, it works fine. I know very little HTML, and I know it's probably something stupid that I'm doing wrong. Any help would be hugely appreciated.

Poster: John
Dated: Thursday July 17 2003 - 14:54:42 BST

First you have to help us. Post a URL so we can see what's happening and look at your code. At this point you've left us blind :?

Poster: Maz
Dated: Thursday July 17 2003 - 17:07:21 BST


Still no luck here, this is what I see before I refresh the page.
I've tried changing "center;middle"; to "center"; with the original positioning but it still sits at the top of the page instead of absolute positioning.

Thank you

Poster: Elessar852
Dated: Thursday July 17 2003 - 20:03:35 BST

Sorry about that... it's sort of embarrassing because it's only a geocities site, and not sophisticated or anything, and only partly finished.

The little sliver is on the top of the page, and now there is a color highlight on the upper left hand corner. Not sure why. As I said my HTML/javascript skills are nill.

Poster: John
Dated: Thursday July 17 2003 - 22:41:25 BST

A few things I would suggest...

First - UPDATE :!: You are running 3.3.19. With the current v3 series sitting at 3.5.15 that puts you literally 20-some levels down. Always get your code here (not from dynamicdrive, which is my guess here, as they are always down-level - DISCLAIMER: personal opinion, not that of Milonic).

Even better, go to v5 which is just a few days (hopefully) from release and very stable. Get it at

Second, move your menu calls up to the first items after the <body>, or in the <head> if you prefer. Right now you have them all the way at the end of your code.

You have at least 2 instances of each the following items scattered in your code...


As you go through your code there should be only one of each, in the order shown above.

Both of your <body> tags look something like this...
<body onload="init()" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" link="#0000FF" vlink="#FF0000" text="#000000"

Note that the closing '>' is on a line by itself. This indicates to me there is a return in there, which may or may not be adding to the problems. It should look like this...
<body onload="init()" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" link="#0000FF" vlink="#FF0000" text="#000000">

While we're here, this tag is calling a script (onload="init()"), which I don't find anywhere in your code.

Clean up these errors and we'll take another look.

Also, get a book on HTML (that's not a dig, just a constructive suggestion). It's really not hard, and it would help you to see what this generator you're using is doing wrong.


Poster: Elessar852
Dated: Friday July 18 2003 - 1:44:08 BST

Thanks so much for the advice/information, it's a huge help. I'll upgrade the version I'm using, and probably stop by the bookstore and pick up a HTML for Dummies or something like that. Thanks again.

Poster: John
Dated: Saturday July 19 2003 - 18:56:54 BST

Hope all that didn't scare you away from our Forum. Feel free to ask questions any time. What I posted was just some things I saw that were way off-base. My guess is the editor they provide is doing some strange things to you.

Sweep up a bit, and drop back so we can continue.