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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 - 06:07:28

Horizontal menu 100% width

Poster: upton
Dated: Wednesday October 19 2005 - 10:44:31 BST

I've set up a horizontal menu with nine options in 'Main Menu' in a table cell, which works fine.

I've used menuwidth="100%" which has spread the menu to fill the screen width.

However, I would like the 'Main Menu' options to fill the 100% proportionally so it will display 100% whatever the user's screen settings.

Is this possible?

This is what I have in the table cell in index.html:

with(milonic=new menuname("Main Menu")){
aI("showmenu=where;text=About us;");
aI("showmenu=contact;text=Contact Us;");
aI("sitemap.html;text=Site Map;");



Poster: Ruth
Dated: Wednesday November 2 2005 - 21:05:36 GMT

If you're saying you want the items to spread out and span 100%, then you need to set menuwidth="100%"; and then each item you have to put in the percentage for that item and all items must not total more than 100% when added together. I hope that's what you meant.


Poster: upton
Dated: Thursday November 3 2005 - 11:10:49 GMT

That's what I meant - I was hoping there would be an automatic way for the menus to spread out to fill the available space. I'll try setting each one to a percentage as you suggest.



Poster: Andy
Dated: Monday December 5 2005 - 19:58:53 GMT


This has now been fixed for the next version of the menu (v5.737)

Adding itemwidth="100%" to your Horizontal menu will allow the menu item to spread out.

Hope this helps,

I found the same error

Poster: keithyoung89
Dated: Friday December 9 2005 - 21:51:33 GMT

I have posted separately on this same problem. I was on v5.66 which did exactly what you want but v5.736 messed things up. I was advised to use the pre-release of 5.737 which indeed spreads the menu 100% but does not do a very good job spacing out the menu items.

I find it disappointing that new releases of the menu are so 'buggy'.

Poster: Ruth
Dated: Saturday December 10 2005 - 2:05:57 GMT

How exactly does it "not do a very good job spacing out the menu items"? That's pretty generic, are they too far apart, too close together, too long for some too short for others? We'd have no idea what the problem is from that. Do you have a page please so we can see it and info on just how you the menu to look?


Re: I found the same error

Poster: tootricky
Dated: Saturday December 10 2005 - 9:55:57 GMT

keithyoung89 wrote:
I have posted separately on this same problem. I was on v5.66 which did exactly what you want but v5.736 messed things up. I was advised to use the pre-release of 5.737 which indeed spreads the menu 100% but does not do a very good job spacing out the menu items.

I find it disappointing that new releases of the menu are so 'buggy'.

Lets all just be a bit more positive about this fantastic menu, becuase at the end of the day the main issues are really how we implement the menu aren't they?

You are asking the menu to fill 100% of an unknown width; you are asking the item widths (which are also unknown) to fill proportionally within that unknown width... Throw into the mix the box model "issues" of some browsers; a bit of padding; borders and margins and you are almost destined to fail to produce exactly what you EXPECT...

I really don't think its the menu that is buggy its peoples expectations that all these different browsers are going to render exactly what you want exactly how you want when you are not helping them by not setting constants... milonic are obviously trying to help people with this issue but I rather thinks its peoples understanding of how these technoogies are implemented thats the problem.

And no I don't work for milonic, but I use the menu on many sites with few issues and its fab!

Menu item spacing - Ruth

Poster: keithyoung89
Dated: Saturday December 10 2005 - 10:26:59 GMT

This is the subject of my separate post which has the following links to illustrate what is happening:

The menu should look like this: (this is v.5.66)

The menu looks like this: (this is v5.737 pre-release)


not finding that variable

Poster: oziumjinx
Dated: Wednesday December 14 2005 - 21:03:02 GMT

Im also trying to adjust the width of the menu to resize with different resolutions. I can't seem to find the variable that you mention: menuwidth=100%

I cant seem to find menuwidth within the menu_data.js file. Am I looking in the wrong place?

The other files contain quite a number of references to that variable, but Im not sure which one to modify. Can you please point me in the right direction.

I just downloaded Milonic DHTML Menu today, Dec 14, '05 and Im not sure which version I have.

Thanks in advance.


Menu params

Poster: keithyoung89
Dated: Wednesday December 14 2005 - 21:50:26 GMT

Yes, the only file you ever amend is the menu_data.js file to configure your menu. Having downloaded the menu it does not necessarily follow that the menuwidth param is in the downloaded file; there are stacks of statements you can include and you have downloaded an example to act as a starter for you to play with.

You can now add/amend/delete statements to get the menu looking and behaving as you would like to see it.

To find which version you have, open one of the other .js files (can't remember if this works with them all) with a text editor and you'll see the version at the top of the script.

Hope this helps you, Keith

Poster: Ruth
Dated: Wednesday December 14 2005 - 22:56:32 GMT

Hi Vin,

Keith is right on finding the version, you can open any of the 3 base program files and find it at the top; also, when you downloaded it you probably got something like
depending on which sample you downloaded, as the file you were downloading, that is the version ver5_736.

Below my name you'll see some links. Take a look at the ones under Menu Reference. Those are the various properties which you can apply in the menu. Also, check the link to the beginner's guide forum which contains some very short examples of things for beginners. They are pretty quick read items.

menuwidth=; is a menu property and goes in the same area as things like alwaysvisible=; orientation=; etc., you can use it to set the width by percentage or by fixed width, i.e. 760px