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Very nice pure CSS3 menu

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Very nice pure CSS3 menu
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This is a good looking menu using some CSS3 magic.

The HTML

<nav>
        <ul>
                <li><a href="#"><span>Home</span></a></li>
                <li><a href="#"><span>Categories</span></a></li>
                <li><a href="#"><span>About</span></a></li>
                <li><a href="#"><span>Portfolio</span></a></li>
                <li><a href="#"><span>Contact</span></a></li>
        </ul>
</nav>

Pretty clean, except for the span element. You’ll see further why we need that span.

The CSS

The demo example contains also a header and a logo (so, extra styles), but I’ll list here only the styles used for this menu.

Removing the default list styles

nav ul
{
        padding: 0;
        margin: 0;
        list-style: none;
}

nav li
{
        float: left;
}

Style the anchor

nav a
{
    float: left;
    color: #eee;
    margin: 0 5px;
    padding: 3px;
    text-decoration: none;
    border: 1px solid #831608;
    font: bold 14px Arial, Helvetica;
    background-color: #831608;
    background-image: -moz-linear-gradient(#bb413b, #831608);
    background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, from(#bb413b), to(#831608));
    background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient(#bb413b, #831608);
    background-image: -o-linear-gradient(#bb413b, #831608);
    background-image: -ms-linear-gradient(#bb413b, #831608);
    background-image: linear-gradient(#bb413b, #831608);
    -moz-border-radius: 5px;
    -webkit-border-radius: 5px;
    border-radius: 5px;
    text-shadow: 0 -1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,.8);
    -moz-box-shadow: 0 1px 0 rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.3), 0 3px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.7), 0 2px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.5), 0 1px 0 rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.5) inset;
    -webkit-box-shadow: 0 1px 0 rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.3), 0 3px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.7), 0 2px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.5), 0 1px 0 rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.5) inset;
    box-shadow: 0 1px 0 rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.3), 0 3px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.7), 0 2px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.5), 0 1px 0 rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.5) inset;
}

nav a:hover
{
    background-color: #bb413b;
    background-image: -moz-linear-gradient(#831608, #bb413b);
    background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, from(#831608), to(#bb413b));
    background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient(#831608, #bb413b);
    background-image: -o-linear-gradient(#831608, #bb413b);
    background-image: -ms-linear-gradient(#831608, #bb413b);
    background-image: linear-gradient(#831608, #bb413b);
}

nav a:active
{
    background: #bb413b;
    position: relative;
    top: 2px;
    -moz-box-shadow: 0 0 3px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.7) inset;
    -webkit-box-shadow: 0 0 3px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.7) inset;
    box-shadow: 0 0 3px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.7) inset;
}

Multiple CSS3 properties were used to create the above.

Style the span element

nav span
{
    border: 1px dashed #eba1a3;
    display: inline-block;
    padding: 4px 15px;
    cursor: pointer;
    background-color: #bb413b;
    background-image: -moz-linear-gradient(#d4463c, #aa2618);
    background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, from(#d4463c), to(#aa2618));
    background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient(#d4463c, #aa2618);
    background-image: -o-linear-gradient(#d4463c, #aa2618);
    background-image: -ms-linear-gradient(#d4463c, #aa2618);
    background-image: linear-gradient(#d4463c, #aa2618);
}

nav a:hover span
{
    background-color: #bb413b;
    background-image: -moz-linear-gradient(#aa2618, #d4463c);
    background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, from(#aa2618), to(#d4463c));
    background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient(#aa2618, #d4463c);
    background-image: -o-linear-gradient(#aa2618, #d4463c);
    background-image: -ms-linear-gradient(#aa2618, #d4463c);
    background-image: linear-gradient(#aa2618, #d4463c);
}

Advantages

Scalability
You can simply adjust its size by updating the anchor‘s font-size:

font: bold 14px Arial, Helvetica;

Conclusion

The menu we created using this tutorial isn’t a Sci-Fi one or a super mega complex one. The main purpose is to see how CSS3 can help us achieve interesting effects without needing images anymore.

I hope you enjoyed it.

The article source:http://www.red-team-design.com/sexy-css3-menu

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