This site really isn't anything special. It's an HTML5 site built using Asp.Net 4.5 and C#, with some Ajax
shadowbox stuff (for image slide shows).
The menus system is "ddsmoothmenu" from dynamicdrive, and utilizes jquery to perform its magic.
I didn't take any steps to stylize the menu beyond what came with the menu code, but hope to
eventually get around to it. You can be pretty much assured that it won't be real flashy, but it
will at least look a little better. It appears to work well in FireFox, IE9, Chrome, Opera, and
Safari, so I'm pretty happy with it.
On some of the pages, I use fading transitions for blocks of images. The code comes from this
web site. It's really simple to setup, but if you want to float the div, you have to wrap the
fading div inside another div that you then float. It took a bit to figure that out (c'mon, my
web-dev foo has suffered due to constant lack of use), but once i did, it worked great. Another
aspect of the fading images stuff is that hovering a mouse stops the transitions, and clicking on
an image takes you to a manual slide show (shadowbox) of the images in their (sometimes) larger
semi-transparent black background with a manual slide show of the specified images. It helps
save space on the actual page. It works pretty well. I like it.
The asp.net that drives some of the site is really nothing special. There is code that
determines a page's modified date, building the "Home" menu depending on where you are on
the site, and resolving paths. The patriotic quotes are derived from a collection of
quote/author items, from which one quote is selected at random each time the page is
HTML 5 and CSS
I've taken steps to make all of the HTML on the site HTML5-compliant, as well as getting
rid of all of the tables. All layout is now controlled by CSS. Of course, these changes mean that
the user MUST use an HTML5 compliant browser, but since I already am, it works for me, and your
mileage may vary. You can either suffer with obsolete browsers, or drag yourself into the HTML5
light. It's your choice.