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Pure CSS Vertical Navigation with Teaser

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Pure CSS Vertical Navigation with Teaser
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This technique is a simple way to display some teaser information for your vertical navigation.

HTML

We will start by creating a list item, but in this case, we will add an empty ‘span’ tag inside of the hyper link. The CSS will look at the content of the span tag as a display: none until it’s hovered over.

<ul class="sidenav">
 <li>
  <a href="#">Home
  <span>Blandit turpis patria euismod at iaceo appellatio, demoveo esse. Tation utrum utrum abigo demoveo immitto aliquam sino aliquip. </span>
  </a>
 </li>
 <li>
  <a href="#">Blog
  <span>Blandit turpis patria euismod at iaceo appellatio, demoveo esse. Tation utrum utrum abigo demoveo immitto aliquam sino aliquip. </span>
  </a>
 </li>
 <li>
  <a href="#">Tutorials
  <span>Blandit turpis patria euismod at iaceo appellatio, demoveo esse. Tation utrum utrum abigo demoveo immitto aliquam sino aliquip. </span>
  </a>
 </li>
</ul>

 

 

CSS

We will first style the vertical navigation list. What I like to do is add a light bevel look on each of the navigation links.

ul.sidenav {
 font-size: 1.2em;
 float: left;
 width: 200px;
 margin: 0;
 padding: 0;
 list-style: none;
 background: #005094;
 border-bottom: 1px solid #3373a9;
 border-top: 1px solid #003867;
}
ul.sidenav li a{
 display: block;
 color: #fff;
 text-decoration: none;
 width: 155px;
 padding: 10px 10px 10px 35px;
 background: url(sidenav_a.gif) no-repeat 5px 7px;
 border-top: 1px solid #3373a9;
 border-bottom: 1px solid #003867;
}

 

Then we will now add the hide/show effect when it’s hovered.

ul.sidenav li a:hover {
 background: #003867 url(sidenav_a.gif) no-repeat 5px 7px;
 border-top: 1px solid #1a4c76;
}
ul.sidenav li span{ display: none; }
ul.sidenav li a:hover span {
 display: block;
 font-size: 0.8em;
 padding: 10px 0;
}

 

In addition to adding teaser information to the navigation, this technique can be modified to add descriptions to any element of page. You could add teaser descriptions to profile names, question-and-answer type FAQ pages, navigation, or a multitude of other applications.