I posted a (technically inclined) question at StackOverflow — and I agree with a particular commentary, and we'd like to get your opinion. Here's my original question:

Dropdown menu.

But ours open upward - 'popup', as in 'popup menu' has proved oddly confusing to some of our business oriented folk. So we tried throwing in 'vertical menu' and then.. this was a mistake.. 'vertical animating menu'.. so what would you call it?

And here's the original thread for our commentary. It'll be interesting to see what you all can come up with!

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I suggest a "flyout" menu, which is basically what the Start button has. You click an item, a menu flies out in some direction from that item.

  • Ok, checking this as the 'correct' answer, for its more generic application - though I do like 'rising menu' :)
    – danjah
    Dec 17, 2010 at 1:09

As it doesn't seem like there is already a terminology, the simplest route would be to use the antonym of dropdown: "riseup menu". However it sounds a bit clunky, maybe because it is a neologism.

EDIT: I initialy proposed uprise instead of riseup but as @Tomalak pointed, not only riseup is in fact analoguous to dropdown, but also uprise would have a completely different meaning.

  • Analoguous to "dropdown" would be "riseup". Easier to pronounce, IMHO.
    – Tomalak
    Dec 16, 2010 at 9:17
  • @Tomalak, yeah you are right, I brainfarted.
    – Eldroß
    Dec 16, 2010 at 9:23
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    Buildling on that, maybe just 'rising menu' would sound less awkward?
    – Benjol
    Dec 16, 2010 at 9:32
  • Bingo, I like that one - 'rising menu'. I'll share that just now, many thanks, but any more suggestions also welcome!
    – danjah
    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:03
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    I think Benjol should add his suggestion as an answer - it's certainly the one I would endorse.
    – CJM
    Dec 16, 2010 at 12:28

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