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Creating a class="current" for navigation on dynamic plugin pages

Thread began 3/23/2011 7:05 am by Jenny I | Last modified 3/25/2011 10:20 am by Jason Byrnes | 3758 views | 7 replies |

Jenny I

Creating a class="current" for navigation on dynamic plugin pages


I am having diffculty understanding how I would get an image/css navigation to work with dynamic plugin pages.

When using static pages it is really easy you just have to give the menu/navigation item a class style e.g. class="current". I have no idea how I would acheive this using dynamic plugin.

At present

1. I have built my dwt template and created static plugins for my header, sidebar and footer.
2. I then converted the dwt template to a Framework theme.
3. I creted a new php page called management.php and used the dwt template i created
4. I ran data-assist wizard to create my plugin page content.
5. on management.php I ran the dynamic plugin wizard and defined all my dataassist pages.

When I test everything works fine the problem is I dont know how I can make the class="current" dynamic on my main navigation.

I hope this makes sense.

Any help would be much appreciated

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

on management.php, what variable are you using for the dynamic plugins?

You would use that same variable in the menu to dynamicly set the class=current on the correct menu item.

for example, if i set the dynamic plugins to use a query string variable named "action":

management.php?action=results - loads results.php
management.php?action=search - loads search.php
management.php?action=update - loads update.php

you would add an if statement to the menu code to dynamically set the class:

<li><a href="management.php? action=results"<?php if(isset($_GET['action']) && $_GET['action'] == "results") echo(" class=current"); ?>>results</a></li>
<li><a href="management.php? action=search"<?php if(isset($_GET['action']) && $_GET['action'] == "search") echo(" class=current"); ?>>search</a></li>
<li><a href="management.php? action=update"<?php if(isset($_GET['action']) && $_GET['action'] == "update") echo(" class=current"); ?>>update</a></li>
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Jenny I

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Jenny I

Hi Jason,

Thanks so much, I think this is what I need.
The only thing is that my class style is on the <li> tag and not on the <a> tag. The second problem I am facing is that my <li> tag has 2 class styles attached to it e.g

  <li class="home current"><a href="management.php"></li>  

Would you be able to tell me how to write the if statement to dynamically set the class to the <li> tag instead. Also would you also be able to show me how the if statement would look with the variable and without the variable e.g

  <li class="home current"><a href="management.php"></li>
<li class="services"><a href="management.php?action=search"></li>  

The reason I need to know how to declare both is because framework builder already allows you to set a default plugin to load so I would not need to have the variable in the url when creating my main navigation, only when creating my sidebar navigation.

Many thanks in advance

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

here you go.

<li class="home<?php if(!isset($_GET['action'])) echo(" current"); ?>"><a href="management.php"></li>
<li class="services<?php if(isset($_GET['action']) && $_GET['action'] == "search") echo(" current"); ?>"><a href="management.php? action=search"></li>
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Jenny I

Hi Jason

I have been trying to get this to work but I am running into problems. The reason is the 'if statement' looks the same across my main navigation i.e

  <li class="home<?php if(!isset($_GET['action'])) echo(" current"); ?>"><a href="management.php"></li>

<li class="services<?php if(!isset($_GET['action'])) echo(" current"); ?>"><a href="services.php"></li>

<li class="media<?php if(!isset($_GET['action'])) echo(" current"); ?>"><a href="media.php"></li>  

Because all 3 <li> meet the 'if statement' criteria they all display the "current" class.

The only way I can think to work around this is to create variables for these main pages e.g


The problem I would have with this is that these pages are the *default* pages defined in the dynamic plugin behaviour. In the dynamic plugin dialog box you are not allowed the give a page a paremeter name and set it to default at the same time. So I am not sure how I would make these pages defualt and give them a paremeter name at the same time.

The second issue that I am having is that my main navigation and sidebar links are seperate plugins so say for example if I click "services" link on my main navigation i am taken to my *default* plugin page and my "services" link gets the class of current. However if I click on one of my siderbar links for services e.g

<a href="services.php?action=SearchServices">Search Services</a>

I lose the current class on my main navigation. Is there a way to define the 'if statement' so the class current is constant on any page defined as services.php?action=...

Your help is very much appreciated

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

for that you need to use the $_SERVER['PHP_SELF'] variable instead of the $_GET.

$_SERVER['PHP_SELF'] will return the name of the page script:


<li class="home<?php if(in_array("management.php"explode("/",$_SERVER['PHP_SELF']))) echo(" current"); ?>"><a href="management.php"></li>

<li class="services<?php if(in_array("services.php"explode("/",$_SERVER['PHP_SELF']))) echo(" current"); ?>"><a href="services.php"></li>
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Jenny I

It Worked!

Thanks ever so much Jason,

That solved both of the problems in one go.

God Bless

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

you're welcome

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