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making navigation point 'active'

Thread began 1/25/2016 9:45 am by Jamie | Last modified 2/05/2016 2:21 pm by Ray Borduin | 419 views | 14 replies |

Jamie

making navigation point 'active'

Hey Ray

Just wondering if you would be able to steer me in the right direction.

Am wanting to create an 'on' or 'active' state for a navigation when you are on a certain page.

So, for example, if you are on the 'about' page, the navigation highlights it.

The navigation is on this page: http://clients.motley.site/motley/template.php

The navigation will be added to each page with an include and I have created an 'active' class for when it is needed but I dont know how to apply it to the page when that particular page is visited.

Cheers

Jamie

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

You can check the page name based on the value of: $_SERVER['PHP_SELF']

So you might use:

php:
<a href="about.php" class="<?php echo(($_SERVER['PHP_SELF']=="about.php")?"active":""); ?>">about us</a>



Write the value of: <?php echo($_SERVER['PHP_SELF']); ?> to each page to get the correct value for comparison (I'm not sure if it includes a slash or not in the front)

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Jamie

that works great many thanks.

have got this set up to show the 'blog' as active if the visitor is on either blog.php or blogarchive.php

php:
<div class="container pulldown"> <a class="link-text first-level-button <?php echo(($_SERVER['PHP_SELF']=="/about.php" || $_SERVER['PHP_SELF']=="/blogarchive.php" || $_SERVER['PHP_SELF']=="/blogarticle.php")?"active":""); ?>" href="blog.php">blog</a> </div>



2 questions about this.

1) is there a more 'elegant' or efficient way to schieve the same result?

2) how would i get a blog article (the urls are being rewrittent for these) to also show the blog nav point as active?

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

I would think similar code just checking the url parameter for the blogID compared to the linked blog.

I think this is a perfectly elegant solution.

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Jamie

thanks Ray.

Almost there.... on the services pages, which are each dynamic/rewritten not sure how to achieve the on state when on the relevant service page

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

<a class="<?php echo(($_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']=="/web/seo-search-engine-optimisation")?"active":""); ?>" href="/web/seo-search-engine-optimisation">search engine optimization</a>

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Jamie

with that, would i need to have that for each navigation point? that being the case, if another naviagtion point were added, the underlying code would need to be changed manually?

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

Isn't it dynamically added? You would use the dynamic variable. If your navigation point is added dynamically, then the code could be built the same way.

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Jamie

ahhhhhh gotcha, yes of course

what is the proper syntax for adding the echo

<?php echo(($_SERVER['PHP_SELF']=="/web/<?php echo($Services->getColumnVal("Permalink")); ?>

is clearly wrong....

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

<?php echo(($_SERVER['PHP_SELF']=="/web/".$Services->getColumnVal("Permalink"))?"active":""); ?>

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