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Thread: CSS Menu and Mozilla bug!!!

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    Exclamation CSS Menu and Mozilla bug!!!

    Hi everyone, I thought that I would take it upon myself to make a menu out of just CSS and XHTML, no JavaScript involved. I have used nested links (something that I was concerned about but the W3C assures me that it's valid) so that I can show/hide the sub-menu's with appropiate pseudo-classes.

    I have gotten the menu to work as intended in IE and Opera but Mozilla and Netscape refuse point blank to hide the span tag that the sub-menu links are in, even if I have style="display:none;" within the span tag.

    Is there some trickery that I could use to get it to work in all browsers? I hope so.
    There's just one other thing though, I do not want to use any code that is not completely valid according to the W3C validators, if this isn't possible then I'll just abandon making the menu.
    Every fight is a food fight when you’re a cannibal.

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    No bug. You cannot nest <A> tags. NS and Moz are just following the rules...

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    So why didn't the validator pick up on that? I mean, the DTD is XHTML 1.1 Strict so you would expect it to make a big deal of it wouldn't you?
    Every fight is a food fight when you’re a cannibal.

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    I doubt it can be done in IE.

    http://www.meyerweb.com/eric/css/edge/menus/demo.html
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    I was going to try something like that but then I remembered - IE is crap - so I didn't.
    Every fight is a food fight when you’re a cannibal.

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    Originally posted by lavalamp
    So why didn't the validator pick up on that? I mean, the DTD is XHTML 1.1 Strict so you would expect it to make a big deal of it wouldn't you?
    A validator is only another piece of fallible software.

    At first I thought it was the DTD that was tripping Netscape (I was testing in 7.1), but it made no difference. Then I noticed a missing "#" in front of a color. That wasn't it, either. Then I tried a simple one:
    Code:
    <head>
    <style type="text/css">
    .menu a span {display: none}
    .menu a:hover span {display: block}
    </style>
    </head>
    <body>
    <div class="menu">
    <a href="#">Menu 1
    <span>
    This should be hidden<br>
    This should be hidden<br>
    This should be hidden<br>
    This should be hidden<br>
    </span>
    </a>
    </div>
    </body>
    which worked as expected. But it broke when I made "This should be hidden" into links. Then I remembered that you can't nest anchors.

    Keep trying, though. I think it's a neat idea.

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    well its crap because if you try to put your mouse in a dropdown then it disappears. and ie works fine so i dunno y every1 biatches about it.

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