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JavaScript jQuery Basics (2014) Creating a Mobile Drop Down Menu Perform: Part 2

I finally realized ONE of the things that held me up in this lesson. The select menu is NOT made for NAVIGATION.

It was always in the back of my mind. I learned the select menu. I don't recall it being mentioned that it could be used for navigation OR that apparently it needs tweaking from js to make it happen. It finally sank in when I made an html select nav, put it in the page and VIOLLA! nothing happens. So then, what is the mechanism that makes a select menu navigate?

<select>
  <option value="index.html">Home</option>
  <option value="about.html">about</option>
  <option value="contact.html">contact</option>
  <option value="support.html">support</option>
    <option value="faqs.html">faqs</option>
  <option value="events.html">events</option>
</select>

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,788 Points

You're right, the <select> element is simply for choosing an option.

:point_right: The functionality of navigation is implemented in the JavaScript.

In the Perform: Part 2 video, the event handler for the "Go" button retrieves the chosen value and uses it to redirect the window location. You can see that starting around time index 2:08.

Thanks Steven, handler for the go button...I'll be looking for that. Let me ask you this (cause I love your insight)...Would you personally use a drop down nav like this? Cause I kinda feel like Andrew just uses this as a way for us to practice skills.