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The three patterns we’ll develop here take one of the footer patterns as their cue. If you remember, the footer anchor pattern placed the navigation at the bottom of the page and used a button at the top to quickly get to it. The downside with that pattern is your visitors jump suddenly from the top of the page to the bottom, possibly disorienting them.
The toggle patterns we’ll look at today aim to correct the downside of the footer anchor pattern. Once again we’ll start with a button to toggle the menu on and off, but we’ll eliminate the jump by opening and closing the navigation in place.
The patterns we’ll develop in this article are:
- Toggle — The menu opens by clicking a button and closes by clicking anything off the menu
- Multi-Toggle — Adds an accordion submenu to the basic toggle pattern
- Toggle & Slide — Slides the submenu into place from off screen
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