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CSS: Continuing the Clarification of CSS Classification

In our last CSS tutorial, published about a month ago, we covered some of the Classification properties, which allow you to display elements, position them, choose where they will appear, control their visibility, and a whole lot more. In this article we will finish the discussion.

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May 12, 2008
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Creating a Vertical Menu

In the last episode we learned how to make a horizontal menu with some CSS style. Here we will learn to create a vertical menu. First we will create the .css file:

<style type="text/css">

#vmenu {
font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
font-size: 100%;
width: 150px;
padding: 0px;
margin: 0px;

#vmenu ul {
list-style: none;
margin: 0px;
padding: 0px;
border: none;
#vmenu ul li {
margin: 0px;
padding: 0px;
#vmenu ul li a {
font-size: 80%;
display: block;
border-bottom: 1px dashed #C39C4E;
padding: 5px 0px 2px 4px;
text-decoration: none;
color: #666666;

#vmenu ul li a:hover, #vmenu ul li a:focus {
color: #000000;
background-color: #eeeeee;


Next we will create the HTML:

<div id="vmenu">
<li><a href="#" tabindex="1">Home</a></li>
<li><a href="#" tabindex="2">Content</a></li>
<li><a href="#" tabindex="3">Pictures</a></li>
<li><a href="#" tabindex="4">Games</a></li>
<li><a href="#" tabindex="5">Contact Us</a></li>
<li><a href="#" tabindex="6">Links</a></li>

You can also design the menu in one file, like so:



<title>Your Website</title>

<style type="text/css">

body {

background-color: #D5D6AE;


ul.vmenu {

padding: 0;

margin: 0;

list-style: none;

font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;

font-size: 0.8em;

border-bottom: 1px solid #6F3E04;

width: 100px;

background-color: #EEEEDC;


ul.vmenu li {

border-top: 1px solid #6F3E04;

border-left: 1px solid #6F3E04;

border-right: 1px solid #6F3E04;


ul.vmenu li a {

text-decoration: none;

display: block;

width: 78px;

color: #333333;

font-weight: bold;

padding: 2px 10px;


ul.vmenu li a:hover {

background-color: #B9BB79;

color: #EEEEDC;





<ul class="vmenumenu">

<li><a href="home.html">Home</a></li>

<li><a href="images.html">Images</a></li>

<li><a href="aboutus.html">About Us</a></li>

<li><a href="contact.html">Contact</a></li>




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