A Device-Agnostic Approach to Complex Site Navigation

The mock navigation you see above is a mobile-first example of using media queries and javascript to make a decent site menu with drop downs. Special attention is paid to touch screens using touch events with tap targets (the key feature of FlexNav). This is something I use to test different navigation techniques and may change as I iterate over different solutions to the problem. Basically I want a simple model to build upon when working on sites from scratch.

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Basic Usage

Start with a simple unordered list, adding in the class and data attributes:<ul class="flexnav" data-breakpoint="800"> <li>...</li> </ul>

Add the small screen menu button somewhere outside your navigation markup:<div class="menu-button">Menu</div>

Add flexnav.css to the head of your document:<link href="css/flexnav.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

Add jquery.flexnav.min.js before the closing body tag:<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery.flexnav.min.js"></script>

Initialize FlexNav right before your closing body tag:$(".flexnav").flexNav();

you can change the default speed too:$(".flexnav").flexNav({ 'animationSpeed' : 'fast' });


'animationSpeed' : '250', // default drop animation speed
'transitionOpacity': true, // default opacity animation
'buttonSelector': '.menu-button', // default menu button class
'hoverIntent': false, // Use with hoverIntent plugin
'hoverIntentTimeout': 150 // hoverIntent default timeout

FlexNav Mega Menus

flexnav mega menus


  • Multiple nested sub menus
  • Tap targets to reveal sub menus for touch screens
  • Hover reveal for desktop
  • Keyboard tab input accessibility

FlexNav with Icon Fonts

flexnav with font awesome - by Seth Warburton

Browser Support

  • IE7-10
  • Latest Safari
  • Latest Chrome
  • Latest FireFox
  • Android 2.2 to Latest
  • Mobile Safari