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Announcement App

Thread began 9/03/2009 2:44 pm by Daryl | Last modified 9/08/2009 7:11 pm by Eric Mittman | 1761 views | 6 replies |

DarylBeta Tester

Announcement App

I would like to add an "Announcement App" to the members area of a website that I am building.

I was thinking of having a div that displayed the message when a user logged in. I would create the content using Data Assist so that an archive could be kept for people to view.

The idea would be that I would have two close buttons on the div, one to "close" and one to "not show until new announcement"

I have found loads of articles about closing a div, but nothing about how to achieve the don't open again until the content has changed.

I guess I could use the cookies toolkit somehow to achieve some of this....

Any suggestions:confused:?

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DarylBeta Tester

I have come up with a completely different solution, so no need to reply.

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Eric Mittman

What is the new approach you are trying?

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DarylBeta Tester

I am creating a DIV with show if 0

The user can tick the box that will add a 1 to a column in the user database

When they login next this value will be kept as a session variable which means that when they return they wont be able to see the DIV

When an announcement is created using DA it will insert it into the announcement table but will also complete a multiple update of all user records which will change all of the 1 back to 0 so that the DIV is visible when people log back in again.

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Eric Mittman

Very clever, nice use of boolean logic.

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DarylBeta Tester

It would be if I could get it to work...

Using SA I have added another Session Variable

But I don't think that it is getting to my next page, which is a bit odd because other Session Variables are being carried as I have the page saying Welcome "Name"

I have tried echoing the News session variable but nothing is printed.

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Eric Mittman

Just before your header call where you are going to the next page try adding in the session commit like this:

session_commit

Or you can use the other one:

session_write_close()

The session_commit is an alias of session_write_close. Try putting this in place on the page just before the header call that redirects the user. On the new page make sure that you have a session_start() before you call the session variable.

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