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#1 2009-02-02 18:24:34

renobird
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From: Gainesville, Florida
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[request] Bounty: Ultimate Nav Menu Builder

Something that comes up a lot when turning sites over to clients is the navigation menu.
I get a lot of requests to add/remove/reorder items in dropdown navigation. This invariably leads to at least partially hard-coded menus.

I know there are several techniques for creating dynamic menus – but none of them cover all the scenarios I encounter.

What I’d like to create is a “menu builder” tab for building complex navigation menus – something that is super easy to use and can be turned over to even the most non-tech client.

Think of it like a Frankensteining of adi_menu and stm_article_order (with a few extras).
(Both of those plugins are awesome – but not quite what I need.)

It would need the following features:
  • Nest sections (assign parents) – same idea as <adi_menu>
  • Exclude sections
  • Include links to articles in the menu structure
  • Drag/Drop the order of any and all of these items (including dovetailing articles and sub-sections). Probably using sortables from the jquery UI.
  • output nested <ul>‘s for creating suckerfish-like dropdowns.

Here are some screenshots to help illustrate what I’m thinking
(layouts hi-jacked from adi_menu and stm_article_order):

!http://www.towerpublications.com/samples/ultmenu1.gif!

!http://www.towerpublications.com/samples/ultmenu2.gif!

These nested sections would then show in the section drop-down.

!http://www.towerpublications.com/samples/ultmenu3.gif!

I have no idea if this is possible – but it never hurts to ask right?
I’ve got $150 towards making this happen – and I would hope there are some others that would jump in to contribute as well.

:)


Tom

Last edited by renobird (2009-02-02 18:24:57)

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#2 2009-02-02 19:27:23

jelle
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Re: [request] Bounty: Ultimate Nav Menu Builder

Yup….that’s exactly what I need for my txp projects. I’d contribute for the bounty for sure.

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#3 2009-02-02 19:50:08

mrdale
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Re: [request] Bounty: Ultimate Nav Menu Builder

I’ll throw in $20 (poor)

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#4 2009-02-03 03:29:28

renobird
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Re: [request] Bounty: Ultimate Nav Menu Builder

I stumbled across this page that has a few decent demos of sortable nested lists.
I’m not a fan of the interface – I much prefer something like the mockup I posted above.

Just gathering reference material at this point.

Last edited by renobird (2009-02-03 03:30:25)

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#5 2009-02-03 04:33:40

jm
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Re: [request] Bounty: Ultimate Nav Menu Builder

What about combining the articles and sections into one “palette”?

!http://jmdeldin.com/txp/menu_boxes.png!

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#6 2009-02-03 07:36:44

lee
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Re: [request] Bounty: Ultimate Nav Menu Builder

I’m in for $30

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#7 2009-02-03 14:28:09

renobird
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Re: [request] Bounty: Ultimate Nav Menu Builder

Dale, Lee,

Thanks! Hopefully we can get this off the ground.

jm,

I think (but not totally sure) that we are talking about the same thing.
Basically, my first 2 screenshots would be in a tab called Navigation (or whatever).
The last one is just to show that there needs to be a visual representation of the hierarchy in the section dropdown.

I could be confused – did you mean something different?


T

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#8 2009-02-03 17:02:11

jm
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Re: [request] Bounty: Ultimate Nav Menu Builder

It’d help if I made halfway-decent mockups. The “Items” column is a list of all the sections and those articles, and you would drag whatever ones you wanted over to the “Canvas”/menu. This would eliminate the need for an explicit exclude-checkbox and parent-select. So it is the same idea but with less form controls.

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#9 2009-02-03 17:32:21

renobird
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Re: [request] Bounty: Ultimate Nav Menu Builder

Ah.

I gotcha. If you’ve ever used Active Collab – that’s kind of how you add users to a project.
Not sure if that would get confusing if wanted to include articles in the menu (because I’d like to be able to re-order them as well).
Would articles be included in the “Items” list?

Last edited by renobird (2009-02-03 17:32:53)

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#10 2009-02-03 17:37:06

jm
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Re: [request] Bounty: Ultimate Nav Menu Builder

Oh definitely – the canvas-menu should be sortable. In the “Items” column, you’d only be able to expand/collapse articles belonging to a section and drag items over to the canvas.

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#11 2009-02-03 17:49:14

renobird
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Re: [request] Bounty: Ultimate Nav Menu Builder

Sweet. That would be perfect.

How about injecting the section structure into the “section” drop down (minus the articles)?
I think I’ve read that can cause conflicts with sed_section_fields.

This is one of the reasons I can’t use adi_menu – the subsections aren’t represented in the dropdown – and it gets too confusing to turn over to clients.

Last edited by renobird (2009-02-03 17:50:15)

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#12 2009-02-03 18:15:48

jm
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Re: [request] Bounty: Ultimate Nav Menu Builder

If the plugin loaded late (order >= 6), it could modify sed_section_fields’ output if necessary. It wouldn’t be too hard to display sections in the sort and nesting order.

(Not sure if I’m going to do this though.)

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