a Good Looking Floating Menu with jQuery Easing

We will show you how to create a horizontal menu with floating effect by using jquery.easing and jquery animate function. It’s a simple effect but the final product is quite nice looking and elegant.

 

1. HTML

 

The following is the html layout. Remember, always keep the html as clean as possible. The .selected class is to allow jquery detect the selected item.

2. CSS

we will use the quick png fix for the png image we are using in this example.

#menu {
list-style:none;
padding:0;
margin:0 auto;;
height:70px;
width:600px;
}

#menu li {
float:left;
width:109px;
height:70px;
position:relative;
overflow:hidden;
}

#menu li a  {
position:absolute;
top:20px;
text-indent:-999em;
background:url(menu.png) no-repeat 0 0;
display:block;
width:109px;
height:70px;

/* fast png fix for ie6 */
position:relative;
behavior: [removed](this.runtimeStyle.behavior="none")&&(this.pngSet?this.pngSet=true:(this.nodeName == "IMG" && this.src.toLowerCase().indexOf('.png')>-1?(this.runtimeStyle.backgroundImage = "none",
this.runtimeStyle.filter = "progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader(src='" + this.src + "', sizingMethod='image')",
this.src = "transparent.gif"):(this.origBg = this.origBg? this.origBg :this.currentStyle.backgroundImage.toString().replace('url("','').replace('")',''),
this.runtimeStyle.filter = "progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader(src='" + this.origBg + "', sizingMethod='crop')",
this.runtimeStyle.backgroundImage = "none")),this.pngSet=true));

3. Javascript

 

This a simple jQuery script, what it does is simply set the top value to 0 and set the default top value if on mouse out. We are using jQUery.easing plugin, that means you can have different animation effect. 🙂

$(document).ready(function () {

//get the default top value
var top_val = $('#menu li a').css('top');

//animate the selected menu item
$('#menu li.selected').children('a').stop().animate({top:0}, {easing: 'easeOutQuad', duration:500}); 

$('#menu li').hover(
function () {

//animate the menu item with 0 top value
$(this).children('a').stop().animate({top:0}, {easing: 'easeOutQuad', duration:500}); 
},
function () {

//set the position to default
$(this).children('a').stop().animate({top:top_val}, {easing: 'easeOutQuad', duration:500}); 

//always keep the previously selected item in fixed position  
$('#menu li.selected').children('a').stop().animate({top:0}, {easing: 'easeOutQuad', duration:500}); 

);

});

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