RWYN – A user-friendly alternative to drop down menus

RWYNRWYN (pronounced are-win) is an acronym for “Reveal What You Need.” It is a menu I came up with while I was sharpening my DHTML skills and building DHTML into TreeView. I was using TreeView for a menu that only had a node depth of 1, which doesn’t really warrant a tree structure at all. Also, some users (*cough* idjits) were having trouble using the tree, not knowing what to click on. I wanted to keep the menu on the left-side of the page, so drop down menus were out.

Rwyn was designed with usability in mind and created as an alternative to drop-down menus. It is composed of XHTML 1.0, CSS 2.0 and uses simple cross-browser compliant Javascript to manipulate the DOM.

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I first started this post on December 21, 2005, and only got around to writing it today. So RWYN has actually been done for a while and my JS skills are quite a bit better now (but not nearly as fine tuned as my bowhunting skills of course). I have no ambition to clean it up now though, maybe some day.