When I had the job interview last weekend, I was asked if I had experience with Accordion Menus. Accordio-what??? I thought it was some kind of Javascript framework for easily creating menus.

I was only able to know what it was about until it was workday again and I got to surf for it so I could check what it was exactly. So, an accordion menu is actually a type of a menu that expands content (can be sub menu items or text or image or whatever).

The sample menu that was given to me to modify came from this site. The accordion menu in that URL was created using JQuery and is limited to one level only. There are no sub-menus. I think I did badly in that exam since I have never used JQuery extensively unless they were show() hide() funtionalities.

I decided to check JQuery out and try to make it work. What I did was use the same CSS class attributes and changed the code to cater sub-menus no matter how many level(s) a menu item has. The finished code would create an accordian menu that looks like the image on the right. I highlighted the sub-menus as blue and red.

I am not much of a CSS stylist so it is up to you to change the existing CSS code to, let’s say, have the text move a bit to the right so that they all won’t be aligned vertically.

Here is the JQuery code

And this is the HTML code. I provided 1 menu item sample that has 2 sub-menu levels.

Notice that in <p> and div tags (with ID firstpane), I added the attribute ID to give them unique identifier names. This is mandatory in my code because I used the tag’s ID to check if the menu header clicked is a parent menu header or a sub menu header.

Make sure that you have a main container, in this case, firstpane with CSS class menu_list. Next in the CSS sequence are the menu_head and the menu_body (contains your menu items or more sub-menus).

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