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Thread began 1/24/2011 7:31 pm by RobertB | Last modified 1/26/2011 11:10 am by RobertB | 2739 views | 7 replies |

RobertB

Current Page Link Color

I have searched some on Google but not figuring it out...working on a site with basic text navigation...I have customized my header text links code to the appropriate colors but the 'Active' page does not show the CSS...Do I need to add some code in the body somewhere?

index.html

Both top and bottom have the same issues but different color schemes.

Thanks in advance.

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neilo

Hi Robert,

There is one (not very elegant) solution that you could use. There are solutions out there that use javascript, but as your site is non-dynamic, and as there are only a few pages, this might most easily suit your purposes.

Your top menu is at line 49 of each page:

<td width="523" height="40" valign="bottom"><a href="index.html">home</a> | <a href="ward4_issues.html">issues</a> | <a href="ward4_events.html">news and events </a>| <a href="ward4_resources.html">community resources</a> |<a href="contact_wade.html"> contact wade</a></td>

which is easier to demonstrate with if I seperate it into one line per element in code view (which is effectively the same code).

On each of your pages, add an inline style to the link that is referencing the particular page it is on. So (for instance) on your 'home' page, you would be adding the style in the form of style="color:#FFFF33;"

<td width="523" height="40" valign="bottom">
<a href="index.html" style="color:#FFFF33;">home</a> |
<a href="ward4_issues.html">issues</a> |
<a href="ward4_events.html">news and events</a> |
<a href="ward4_resources.html">community resources</a> |
<a href="contact_wade.html"> contact wade</a>
</td>

and if it were in the menu on your 'news and events' page, it would be:

<td width="523" height="40" valign="bottom">
<a href="index.html">home</a> |
<a href="ward4_issues.html">issues</a> |
<a href="ward4_events.html" style="color:#FFFF33;">news and events</a> |
<a href="ward4_resources.html">community resources</a> |
<a href="contact_wade.html"> contact wade</a>
</td>

and so on for each page.

For the menu at the bottom, you might want a different style for the currently selected item. So in each page that menu is on, for the item that references that page, do the same (say) style="color:#6D0C26;" ), i.e: on the 'contact wade' page, it would be:

<td width="270" height="85" align="left" valign="bottom">
<p>
<a href="index.html">home</a> |
<a href="contact_wade.html" style="color:#6D0C26;">contact wade</a>
</p>
</td>

As I say, not too elegant, and I certainly wouldn't recommend it for a site with a large number of pages and sub pages, but I think it would be a reasonable solution in this case.

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RobertB

Hello Neilo...

Thank you for your comprehensive response....I tried your recommendations on the index.html and contact_wade.html pages and it did not work for Firefox and IE8. Could you take a look at my code and see if I missed something?

I hope you are on the WA payroll because you are very helpful.

-Robert

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neilo

Hi Robert,

Not quite sure what went wrong here, but in both those pages I am seeing:

style=""

instead of:

style="color:#FFFF33;"

Try copying

color:#FFFF33;

and pasting it between the quote marks, and let us know how you get on once you have re-uploaded the pages.


BIG FAT EDIT: Robert, I am an idiot - I forgot to put the hash # before the color hex values above. I have edited them to be correct. You will probably only need to add the # to the color values.

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magic.beans3421614

Originally Said By: neilo
  Hi Robert,

There is one (not very elegant) solution that you could use. There are solutions out there that use javascript, but as your site is non-dynamic, and as there are only a few pages, this might most easily suit your purposes.

Your top menu is at line 49 of each page:

<td width="523" height="40" valign="bottom"><a href="index.html">home</a> | <a href="ward4_issues.html">issues</a> | <a href="ward4_events.html">news and events </a>| <a href="ward4_resources.html">community resources</a> |<a href="contact_wade.html"> contact wade</a></td>
which is easier to demonstrate with if I seperate it into one line per element in code view (which is effectively the same code).

On each of your pages, add an inline style to the link that is referencing the particular page it is on. So (for instance) on your 'home' page, you would be adding the style in the form of style="color:FFFF33;"

<td width="523" height="40" valign="bottom">
<a href="index.html" style="color:FFFF33;">home</a> |
<a href="ward4_issues.html">issues</a> |
<a href="ward4_events.html">news and events</a> |
<a href="ward4_resources.html">community resources</a> |
<a href="contact_wade.html"> contact wade</a>
</td>
and if it were in the menu on your 'news and events' page, it would be:
<td width="523" height="40" valign="bottom">
<a href="index.html">home</a> |
<a href="ward4_issues.html">issues</a> |
<a href="ward4_events.html" style="color:FFFF33;">news and events</a> |
<a href="ward4_resources.html">community resources</a> |
<a href="contact_wade.html"> contact wade</a>
</td>
and so on for each page.

For the menu at the bottom, you might want a different style for the currently selected item. So in each page that menu is on, for the item that references that page, do the same (say) style="color:#6D0C26;" ), i.e: on the 'contact wade' page, it would be:
<td width="270" height="85" align="left" valign="bottom">
<p>
.com]D
<a href="index.html">home</a> |
<a href="contact_wade.html" style="color:#6D0C26;">contact wade</a>
</p>
</td>
As I say, not too elegant, and I certainly wouldn't recommend it for a site with a large number of pages and sub pages, but I think it would be a reasonable solution in this case.  



Hi,thanks for sharing the information here.Really a nice information is provided by you here and i'm sure it would be very helpful for me.Thanks a lot again for sharing the information here...

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RobertB

Thanks Neilo...I am enough of a coder I should have been able to discern the '#' was missing...but, thanks for catching that and this is the perfect solution for a small site like this....I really appreciate your help!

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anonymous

Hi Robert,

And just for a little geek speak if I may, the term "Active" in the selector class is a bit misleading. It wasn't meant to mean when that page is selected but actually when the link itself is being clicked. I know - a split second of the Active class is what you see. Typically a lot of designers rarely even bothering to set the Active selector and if they do, it is many times set exactly as the hover state.

I typically change the current page link dynamically with PHP code like this:

php:
<a href="home.php" <?php if ($_SERVER['SCRIPT_NAME'] == 'home.php') { echo 'class="current"'; } ?>>home</a>
<a href="about.php" <?php if ($_SERVER['SCRIPT_NAME'] == 'about.php') { echo 'class="current"'; } ?>>about</a>
<a href="contact.php" <?php if ($_SERVER['SCRIPT_NAME'] == 'contact.php') { echo 'class="current"'; } ?>>contact</a>



Then I would put the menu as a standalone file and include it into anything and that way if you need to make changes, you would only have to do it once and republish the menu file.

Then you can set the class "current" to whatever different color you want in your CSS sheet.

Best regards,

Brian

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RobertB

Thanks Brian...

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