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    Does it look badly to use the ul tag to map out a navigation menu? What about surrounding the nested li tags with divs so that each menu button has a separate CSS formatting?

    If it does look badly, what are some technics that are considered "best practice" for making navigation menus?

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    That the menus are easy to use, work with or without javascripting or flash, render properly for accessibility (like screen readers for the blind), and link to pertinent content.

    Test your site out with many different people. If it takes anyone more than 5 seconds to
    figure-out how to navigate your site, start over. You'll quickly discover any problems you have ...
    such as poorly positioned for some browsers, or some screen sizes, hard to read, hard to click,
    poorly worded. If you have to tell people how to navigate, you've failed already.

    How you make the menu happen (the scripting, graphics, coding) ... whatever you do is fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeekQuad, post: 221707
    Does it look badly to use the ul tag to map out a navigation menu? What about surrounding the nested li tags with divs so that each menu button has a separate CSS formatting?

    If it does look badly, what are some technics that are considered "best practice" for making navigation menus?
    You don't have to make each <li> a <div> - make classes for them instead, if you want them to be differently styled.

    <ul id="nav">
    <li class="button1"><a href="whatever.html"> </a> </li>
    <li class="button2"><a href="whatever.html"> </a> </li>
    <li class="button3"><a href="whatever.html"> </a> </li>
    <li class="button4"><a href="whatever.html"> </a> </li>
    <li class="button5"><a href="whatever.html"> </a> </li>
    </ul>
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