jQuery Fresh Bottom Slide Out Menu

In this tutorial we will create a unique bottom slide out menu. This large menu will contain some title and a description of the menu item. It will slide out from the bottom revealing the description text and some icon. We will use some CSS3 properties for some nice shadow effects and jQuery for the interaction.

 

The Markup

 

The menu will be placed inside of a container. The menu itself will be an unordered list with link elements inside. The link elements will contain two spans: one for the title and one for the description. We will also have an i element for the icon:

Don’t forget to adapt the link element and to add your destination into an href if you need to.

 

The CSS

 

Let’s start with the style of the surrounding container. The container will be of relative position since we will make the menu absolute. We will have to hide the description part of the menu items and so we will hide any overflow of the container. If you place this menu absolutely to the page, i.e. at the bottom, the description part will simply disappear outside of you window. This container allows you to see how to implement this menu relatively to some other element:

.container{
    width:900px;
    height:130px;
    margin:0 auto;
    position:relative;
    overflow:hidden;
    border:3px solid #fff;
background-color:#fff;
    -moz-box-shadow:1px 1px 6px #000;
    -webkit-box-shadow:1px 1px 6px #000;
    -moz-border-radius:0px 0px 20px 20px;
    -webkit-border-bottom-left-radius:20px;
    -webkit-border-bottom-right-radius:20px;
    border-radius:0px 0px 20px 20px;
}

We create some fancy shadowing and rounded borders with the CSS3 properties. Keep in mind that they will only work in modern browsers (so, basically all except marvelous IE).
The list will have the following style:

ul#menu{
    list-style:none;
    position:absolute;
    bottom:0px;
    left:20px;
    font-size:36px;
    font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;
    font-weight: bold;
    color:#999;
    letter-spacing:-2px;
}
ul#menu li{
    float:left;
    margin:0px 10px 0px 0px;
}
ul#menu a{
    cursor:pointer;
    position:relative;
    float:left;
    bottom:-95px;
    line-height:20px;
    width:210px;
}

As you can see, we hide the push the link element down in order to almost hide the description span. We do that by giving a negative bottom position. You can adapt this value to make the span appear a little bit more or not at all.
Now, let’s take a look at the classes for the icons:

.icon_about,
.icon_work,
.icon_help,
.icon_search{
    width:64px;
    height:64px;
    display:block;
    left:140px;
    top:50px;
    position:absolute;
}
.icon_about{
    background:transparent url(../images/id_card.png) no-repeat top left;
}
.icon_work{
    background:transparent url(../images/globe.png) no-repeat top left;
}
.icon_help{
    background:transparent url(../images/help.png) no-repeat top left;
}
.icon_search{
    background:transparent url(../images/find.png) no-repeat top left;
}

The CSS of the title and description spans will look as follows:

ul#menu span.title{
    display:block;
    height:26px;
    text-shadow:1px 1px 1px #000;
    color:#B7B7B6;
    text-indent:10px;
}
ul#menu span.description{
    width:140px;
    height:80px;
    background-color:#B7B7B6;
    border:3px solid #fff;
    color:#fff;
    display:block;
    font-size:24px;
    padding:10px;
    -moz-box-shadow:1px 1px 6px #000;
    -webkit-box-shadow:1px 1px 6px #000;
    box-shadow:1px 1px 6px #000;
    -moz-border-radius:10px;
    -webkit-border-radius:10px;
    border-radius:10px;
}

We also want the two spans to change text and background color, so we define the style for the hover of the parent link element:

ul#menu a:hover span.description{
    background-color:#54504F;
}
ul#menu a:hover span.title{
    color:#54504F;
}

And that’s all the style. Now, let’s add some nice interaction effects with jQuery.

The Javascript

 

The JavaScript will be pretty straightforward since we will only do two things: slide out the link element and the icon. The following function makes that happen (and the opposite when we move the mouse out):

$(function() {
    $('#menu > li').hover(
        function () {
            var $this = $(this);
            $('a',$this).stop(true,true).animate({
                    'bottom':'-15px'
                }, 300);
            $('i',$this).stop(true,true).animate({
                    'top':'-10px'
                }, 400);
        },
        function () {
            var $this = $(this);
            $('a',$this).stop(true,true).animate({
                    'bottom':'-95px'
                }, 300);
            $('i',$this).stop(true,true).animate({
                    'top':'50px'
                }, 400);
        }
    );
});

In order to slide out the link element, we change the bottom position and animate that. For the icon we change the top value and give the effect more time, since we want to create a little delay.

Download: http://www.htmldrive.net/items/download/91

 

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