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I have been re-reading stuff from your book just going over things as there is alot to take in.

Originally I had a list navigtion floated and styled with css, now in the site I am working on I am trying to implement as much .Net functionality/new ways of doing things as possible which of course led me changing my navigation like you have done in the book.

I created my web.sitemap file and I have my data source and everything and I am happy with it and I have styled it using css but the problem is that the menu control generates a tabular structure which as you mention is bad for accessibilty etc.

Beneath that you talk about CSS control adapters and after looking at them and viewing what seems to be the most current set here I just want to know what your opinion of them is?

Basically I am struggling with the idea of if the menu control has any use at all when you need to go to this length to get it to display standards compliant html? (obviously it has a use and I am just not comprehending it)

thanks for your view/opinion of this in advance
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It all depends, of course.... as it always does.

I like the standard menu for quick and dirty solutions. For smaller public sites where compliance is a priority, the CSS adapters can work well, although they require more work and have a higher learning curve.

However, I usually design and develop database driven applications, where content and navigation comes from a database. In that case, the standard menu doesn't cut it. I either use pure CSS menus, optionally driven by XML and XSLT (search for Suckerfish menu) or use third party components.

So, lots of choices. Which one applies to you depends on your needs and requirements.

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I reckon for now that with the control adapters is probably my best solution for what I need even if it is still abit messy.

I had a quick look a the suckerfish stuff but didn't really have time to take it in, will have a better look later on.
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