In the last twelve months a couple of anchor stacks were released to assist with in-page navigation; some more, some less complicated. Ascend is one of the less complicated, but more useful solutions. Not only does it automatically add page anchors to transport you to the top or bottom of the page, it can also add a sub menu that can whisk you away to any section within your page.
Ascend is a set of two stacks: Ascend and Ascend Marker. Add Ascend to your Stacks page and in preview mode, you will discover a button at the bottom right of your page which, when clicked, will open a menu. The menu options are Top and Item. Now it's time to add a Marker stack to your page. The Marker will need an ID, so let's go to the Marker stack settings and add an ID, let's say Article-1. Now go to the Ascend stack on your page and activate the default child stack. Add the same ID to the child stack and choose a suitable icon, change the text within the child stack to Article 1 and enter preview mode.
The Ascend button has now changed to reflect your new Icon and text and when the menu option is clicked, your page will scroll to display Article 1. The scroll action is a smooth scroll and not just a jump as with a standard anchor, however, I would like to see a scroll time added as an option to make the transition even smoother.
There are a few other things that are unique to Ascend. The button may be positioned at either the top or the bottom of the page and you have a choice of left, centre, or right and the menu that is displayed can either be a list, or a grid – especially useful if you have multiple anchors. The Icon for each anchor may, of course, be set individually. And, as we have come to expect from Weavium, each aspect of the menu is customisable.
Display – Always, On scroll to, Between Markers, AT bottom of page
Open Menu – On Click, On Hover
Z-Index – Default 1000
Vertical Position – Bottom, Top
Horizontal Position – Right, Centre, Left
Size – Button, Icon
Offset – Vertical, Horizontal
Padding – Button padding
Initial Opacity – % – 0–1
Width – px
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Radius – px
Inline Close Button
Hide default Top Item
Allow Scroll (for long menus)
List Type – List, Grid
Item Size – Text, Icon
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Header Font – 13 fonts plus Google font
Item Font – As above
Colours for each and every item, including the shadow.
The Ascend Child Stack has settings for your ID and for four Icon Sets plus Custom.
Ascend is a new take on the 'Scroll To…' button and well worth taking a look at.
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