Thanks for the concise reply. i think I've hit a bit of a wall.... I take it the flash approach is the most straightforward?
If so any pointers would be most helpful.
I'm not sure I'm up to the PHP coding just yet.
I've used a table to create a similar series of 'buttons' in a more intersting visual style for the category menus - but it still looks a bit odd!
Many thanks for the reply,
You can take a look at one of our Moodle installs (front page and category pages are open to all so you don't need a password/username) here:
The large icons on the front page are images placed within a table in a broken page (since my colleague broke the page I can edit this how I like now). Click on a icon to go to a category page - I created the clickable info and scrolling images there in flash, although we've also kept the normal course links. We've not used this technique to condense info/avoid scroll, rather to enhance the quality and look of the information - but it could easily be there for that purpose.
Do you or a colleague have access to flash and can create a swf file menu? If so, you can simply add a swf via an iFrame (I can give you the code - v simple). Also, animated gifs can go in here.
Let me know how you think you prefer to progress and I expect I can help you further. If you prefer, message me instead.
I'm a bit bowled over by the information you have provided at such short notice. Big thankyou again. I'm going to investigate the swf over the next few days - I'll message you gaian if I may if i get stuck. The iframe business looks fairly straight forward.
In the mean time I'm going to crash on using tables for the category menus and see how far i get!
Thanks again - and I liked your site a lot - food for thought....