Prototype Develops with CSS
The prototype of the portal's user interface is beginning to develop with the magic of CSS!
- The scrollable elements are completely created by CSS, due to full support across browsers for the "height" property
- Rollover effects on the message "inbox" block an entire table row as a link (edit: IE almost manages this… only the title text appears as a hyperlink… this will be looked into)
- Expandable menus have been created with CSS and no script. Although this is currently unsupported by IE6, IE7 should support it when its released later this year. Mozilla/Opera/Safari are all capable of displaying this menu, however it does not affect the ability of IE to use the top-level links.
- New rollover buttons for the menu have been created by using transparent gifs and a changing background colour… saves bandwidth through only having a single image to load
The full "static" prototype is now very close to being ready, next stage – user testing!