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horiz menu & sidemapdatasource Options
terry b
Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2008 8:23:03 AM
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Hello, I'm testing your menu product for possible implementation in a web app I'm developing. I was trying to emulate the Red Tabs menu in your samples, but when I use a 2 level sitemap the child items display vertically and don't remain visible. I've tried setting KeepExpandedOnClick=true but that doesn't seem to make any difference.

If I use the menubuilder I can't seem to find where to specify the DataSourceID. If I specifiy the DataSourceID in the aspx file, when I go to the menubuilder preview, it says the menu has no items.

Please advise with any tips on how to proceed. Here is what my test looks like:


My aspx contains the following:

<eo:Menu ID="Menu1" runat="server" 
     ControlSkinID="RedTabs" KeepExpandedOnClick="true"

and my sitemap is as follows:

Code: XML
<siteMapNode  title=""  description="">
      <siteMapNode url="eo1.aspx" title="eo1.aspx"  description="" >
        <siteMapNode url="eo11.aspx" title="eo11.aspx"></siteMapNode>
        <siteMapNode url="eo12.aspx" title="eo12.aspx"></siteMapNode>
      <siteMapNode url="eo2.aspx" title="eo2.aspx"  description="" >
        <siteMapNode url="eo21.aspx" title="eo21.aspx"></siteMapNode>
        <siteMapNode url="eo22.aspx" title="eo22.aspx"></siteMapNode>



Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2008 8:46:20 AM
Rank: Administration
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Joined: 5/27/2007
Posts: 23,374

You will need to adjust a few things programmatically after you populate the menu. Try put the following code in your Page_Load:

Code: C#
//Populate the menu

//Set the first item as initially expanded
Menu1.Items[0].Expanded = True;

//Adjust the second item's sub menu's position. 
//You will need to adjust value "-60"
Menu1.Items[1].SubMenu.OffsetX = -60;

Note while this will initially display the horizontal menu bar for you, the menu bar will still disappear once you hover over other items, because the whole horizontal bar is a "sub menu". In order to keep the horizontal menu bar visible, try the following workaround:

1. Split one menu into two menus. The first menu would have these items: eo1.aspx, eo2.aspx, eo21.aspx & eo22.aspx. The second menu would have these items: eo11.aspx & eo12.aspx;
2. Place the first menu right on top of the second menu;
3. Adjust the second menu's style settings, so that the second menu's top level items (eo11.aspx & eo12.aspx) have the same appearance settings as the first menu's second level items (eo21.aspx & eo22.aspx). In order to do this, you can first use Menu Builder's "Create from Template" feature to get a full copy of the RedTabs template definition, then copy/modify the appropriate section to the second menu. You will need to go over the following documentation section if you are not yet familiar with how the styles work:

EO.Web.Menu -> Using EO.Web Menu -> Look, Skin and Theme
EO.Web.Menu -> Using EO.Web Menu -> Style and Appearance

Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any more questions.


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