Design: Right Column

I have been wanting to try and clean up the right column for a while now and have been looking for scripts to try and do the job. Erin over at kindly directed me to this DHTML script that opens and closes menus with a simple click.

So I have a few questions for you all:

  • Does it work? When you click a menu heading, does it open?
  • Does it make sense? Is it logical to just click the menu to see its contents?
  • What about color scheme? I am not entirely sure about the blue background that is currently there. Any suggestions? Is it ok?
  • Are there any menus that should remain open (meaning, don’t use the script)? I have left the “most recent posts” menu open for easy access. Are there others that should also remain open?
  • Any other thoughts on this. Does it help clean things up a bit?

    Categories: Blogging
    1. May 22nd, 2006 at 23:39 | #1

      Works fine in Firefox, and it makes sense. A lot of bloggers are starting to do this. I’m using CSS divs with an autoscroll at the moment, it’s not as pretty but I like to see the top links. Yours is much more aesthetically pleasing, and it’s also a nice touch that it is transparent.

    2. May 23rd, 2006 at 10:04 | #2


      It would be nice if I could close the older posts thing, should I choose to.

      I am not offended by the blue.

      Personally, I would move all the other stuff up and put “blog info/stuff” at the bottom defaulted to open, but closeable on demand, of course.

    3. May 23rd, 2006 at 13:25 | #3

      Thanks for the suggestions. :) I moved the info down to the bottom but this particular script doesn’t allow me to leave it defaulted to open. Hopefully this will work.

      Laura, your scrolls are fairly unobtrusive so not too big a deal. You might be able to find some dhtml that would allow you to make your scrollers match your color scheme and they would make it all look pretty seamless. Just a thought there.

    4. May 23rd, 2006 at 21:08 | #4

      What I would like to know about the menus is how a screen reader handles them. While I myself do not have a visual impairment, I have a number of coworkers and friends who do, so I like to see that they are able to access things that I can. There are various LJ and Yahoo groups for people with disabilities (including visual impairment), and if you wanted I’m sure you could post a request for people with screen readers to check out your menus.

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