Menu styles

You can vary the appearance of the items in menus that are delivered through the JSON menu framework.

The appearance of the items in the menus that are rendered by the JSON menu framework are determined by style names that open on the rendered markup for the menu items. These styles are defined in Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) files that are part of the theme. The default theme has these style sheets in WebDAV in the themes/Portal8.5/css directory.
Screen capture of the themes/Portal8.5/css directory in WebDAV
There are two ways that the appearance of the menu items can be changed.
  • Keep the same style names but change the definition of the named styles in the css files.
  • Change the style names that are applied to the menu items and provide definitions and implementations of the new styles.

The first method keeps the same style names on the menu items, but redefine what appearance results from that style. When you creat your custom theme, take copies of the existing default theme css files as samples and alter them to achieve the appearance you want.

For the second approach, the JSON menu definition syntax allows the specification of a style name on the menu items, including headers and separators, using the itemClass member in a menu item definition. By adding explicit entries for the style names on the menu items, those overriding style names are used in the resulting menu markup. The itemClass member is only useful on menu items of type StaticMenuItem, DynamicMenuItem, Header, Separator, and SubMenu. On a SubMenu, the style is applied only to the SubMenu entry anchor link itself, and not to the menu items that actually make up that SubMenu.

These CSS files define the menus.
contextmenuCommon.css
Contains common styles are valid for left-to-right (LTR) and right-to-left (RTL) structured pages.
contextmenu.css
The menu styles that are used on LTR structured pages.
contextmenuRTL.css
The menu styles that are used on RTL structured pages.

Default menu styles

Screen capture of the default menu styles

Style class definitions

wpthemeMenuShow
By default all menus are hidden. This class is used to control visibility. If set on the node the menu is made visible.
wpthemeMenuLeft
Defines a menu that is left-oriented and opens to the right.
wpthemeMenuRight
Defines a menu that is right-oriented and opens to the left.
wpthemeMenuBorder
Defines the main div that shows the border and contains all menu items.
wpthemeMenuNotchBorder
Defines the arrow that points to the button that opened the menu.
wpthemeMenuDropDown
Inner element within the menu that contains a list of menu items.
wpthemeMenuitem
Describes a single menu item.
wpthemeMenuDisabled
Describes a disabled menu item.
wpthemeMenuLoading
Describes the text that is displayed when the data is being loaded.
wpthemeAnchorSubmenu
Used to register the submenu within the markup.
wpthemeTemplateMenu
Defines the template for an individual menu item.
wpthemeTemplateLoading
Defines the template for the loading text.
wpthemeTemplateSubmenu
Defines the template for the submenu.
wpthemeMenuError
Used for display when an error occurs.

The menu JavaScript is in dav:fs-type1/themes/Portal8.5/js/contextmenu.js.

The wptheme.contextmenu.css JSON object defines constants that are used to apply CSS classes. The constants are by default that is set to:
contextMenu: {
...
css: {
disabled: "wpthemeMenuDisabled",
show: "wpthemeMenuShow",
error: "wpthemeMenuError",
menuTemplate: "wpthemeTemplateMenu",
submenuTemplate: "wpthemeTemplateSubmenu",
loadingTemplate: "wpthemeTemplateLoading"
},
....
}