So the situation is this:
My client wants to redesign their header. That header consists of a login menu, a navigation menu, and then 24 links (possibly more in the future).
In terms of SEO, these links allow my client to be at the top of the search engine lists - which is to say, SEO is top priority.
Now while my client wants to redesign the website, they will not do so if reducing the header real-estate (where all the links are) effects the SEO.
I suggested that a jquery drop down menu for the "shortcut" links could possibly work, but given that their bread an butter depends on being at the top of the SEO lists, they are unwilling to even consider the idea of a drop down menu because they don't know what will happen.
This is what I had in mind:
nooshu (dot) com/jquery-plug-in-tab-down
Can anybody confirm, or tell me of a way of confirming, whether this kind of plugin would effect SEO standings? Or can anyone provide another solution - like a CSS drop down menu or accordion, for example - that can stay at the top of the page, be "collapsed" in a sense, be recognized by search engines, and would not effect the current SEO standings of a popular website in the slightest?