Initialization

To add dhtmlxMenu into an application, you need to take the following simple steps:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
    <head>
        <title>How to Start with dhtmlxMenu</title>         
        <script type="text/javascript" src="../../codebase/suite.js"></script>
        <link rel="stylesheet" href="../../codebase/suite.css">
    </head>
    <body>
        <div id="menu_container"></div>
        <script>
            // creating dhtmlxMenu
            var menu = new dhx.Menu("menu_container");
</script> </body> </html>

Related sample:  Menu. Basic Menu Initialization

Include source files

Create an HTML file and place full paths to JS and CSS files of the dhtmlxSuite library into the header of the file. The files are:

  • suite.js
  • suite.css
<script type="text/javascript" src="../../codebase/suite.js"></script>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="../../codebase/suite.css">

Create a container

Add a container for the Menu and give it an id, e.g. "menu_container":

<div id="menu_container"></div>

Initialize Menu

Initialize Menu with the dhx.Menu object constructor. The constructor takes two parameters:

  • the HTML object on the page that serves as the Menu container
  • an object with configuration properties. If this argument is not passed to the constructor, the settings will be default
var menu = new dhx.Menu("menu_container");

Configuration properties

css the name(s) of CSS class(es) used for Menu
navigationType sets the action that opens menu

Load data into Menu

There are two handy ways of loading data, i.e. a set of controls into Menu:

  • from an external file with the help of the load() method of tree collection:
var menu = new dhx.Menu("menu_container");
menu.data.load("../common/dataset.json");
  • from a local source using the parse() method of tree collection:
var data = [
    {value: "File", 
        items: [
            {
                value: "New File",
            },
            {
                value: "New window",
            },
            {
                value: "Open File",
            },
            {
                value: "Save File",
            }
        ]
    },
    {value: "Edit",                     
         items: [
            {
                value: "Undo"
            },
            {
                value:  "Redo"
            },
            {
                value: "Cut"
            },
            {
                value: "Copy"
            }
         ]
    }
];
 
 
var menu = new dhx.Menu("menu_container");
menu.data.parse(data);

Related sample:  Menu. Basic Menu Initialization

Detailed information on loading data into Menu is given in the article Data Loading.

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