Some thoughts and links on navigation menus.
A 2009 article from Smashing Magazine discussing best practices for drop-down menus and navigation panels. They show a number of good and bad examples.
Terminology for drop-down menus seems to float a bit.
- drop-down menu
- drop-down panel
- Mega menu
- Mega drop-down menu (used by Jakob Nielsen)
- drop-down module
- pull-down menu
- drop-down element
Collections of Navigation Menu Examples
- Designer Daily from Jan 2011
- A list of WordPress Premium Plugins for Mega Menus
- A bunch of jQuery/CSS multi level menu solutions
- Over 100 CSS based Menu Designs
Mega Drop-Down Menus
- Mega-Menus Gone Wrong from Jakob Nielsen
- Making a mega menu with jQuery (from 2009)
- Cut & Paste jQuery Mega Menu
- One from 2010 http://www.geektantra.com/2010/05/jquery-megamenu-2/
- Some UI challenges with Mega Menus
Straight Horizontal navigation
Another Smashing Magazine article this time on trends in Horizontal Navigation
Forms in Navigation
Addy Osmani discusses using jQuery & CSS3 to put HTML forms within drop-down menus, reducing clutter on the page.