Developer's manual

Adding the scripts (ASP configuration)

There are two scripts that make up the ASP configuration - the generated stylesheet, udm-style.asp, and the generated menu script, udm-dom.asp. These are controlled from a configuration file called udm-custom.asp

For the head section

For the head section you need a single <link /> element to include the generated stylesheet, udm-style.asp:

<!-- ULTIMATE DROP DOWN MENU Version 4.6 by Brothercake -->
<!-- -->

<!-- ASP generated stylesheet -->
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen,projection"
	href="/udm-resources/udm-style.asp" />

Other things being equal it can go anywhere in the head section. However since global styles can potentially affect the menus, but the menu styles are extremely unlikely to affect other rules, it's best to put it after any other style sheets.

The media attribute serves a twin purpose here - because Opera in fullscreen mode uses projection-media CSS, not screen, and because the comma-delimited syntax is not understood by primitive CSS browsers like Netscape 4, and so it won't process that stylesheet at all.

For the body section

In the body section you need a single script include for the generated menu script, udm-dom.asp. It must go in the <body> - if you put it in the <head> then it won't work in Mac/IE5.

As with the script in the head section, it doesn't need a language attribute:

<!-- ASP generated menu script [any modules or extensions must come AFTER this] -->
<script type="text/javascript"

Within the body section it can go anywhere, however if you have an existing window.onload function on your page then the script should come after it, to avoid an onload conflict in Mac/IE5.

The DOM script provides core functionality, but does not include full keyboard access. For best accessibility I strongly recommend including the keyboard navigation module as well (which you already have in your udm-resources folder). This should come after the udm-dom.asp script include:

<script type="text/javascript"

If you're using any other modules or extensions, these must also go in the body section and come somewhere after the udm-dom.asp script include.

Specifying the configuration file

The udm-custom.asp configuration file is used by both scripts, and included using an ASP #include statement, assuming that the configuration file is in the same directory:

<!-- #include file="udm-custom.asp" -->

If you want to change the path you should edit these statements; you can find them at the top of each script.

The scripting is written in JScript, but since it's all in external files you can equally use it on pages written in VBScript. Neither the configuration file itself, nor the page that the menu is on, need to be parsed separately by ASP - it's only the two included scripts that do - so you have the freedom to use this configuration language on pages built in a different one.


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