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highlight current picked menu
rachel - 12/5/2003 at 11:50 PM

my menus appear in the top frame of the document as icons. I want it possible to highlight the menu that was picked after I click one of it's items,
meaning, I want two things to happen when I click an item: 1. the menu icon will be replaced by a different icon image, 2. the main frame in my document will receive the relevant link.
what do I do?

DX4 - 12/7/2003 at 06:06 PM

Hey there!

The menu_items.js file contains all your menu items, right? Each item should contain 3 elements. The first element is always the name, the second always the link. The third optional element is the scope, and if you enter in {tw: framename} then it will update the frame within the window with the link.

See for more details.

Your "icon change" is another matter. I don't think you're going to be able to do this without making code changes. Of course, how comfortable you are doing this will determine if and how.

rachel - 12/7/2003 at 09:07 PM

hello DX4 and thanx for your reply

I already used the {tw: framename},
and it's working fine.
I also tried dealing with the icon, by putting this in an html containing the icons:

<script language="JavaScript">
var mainUrl = parent.main.location.href;
if ((mainUrl == "history.htm") || (mainUrl == "location.htm"))

but it doesn't work.
is it much more complicated that this?
I'm really just a beginner. you can tell me the hard truth...

tigra - 12/10/2003 at 07:45 AM

Actually there is the way to switch item appearance when corresponding page is selected in target frame. I'm not sure if you will like it because it is far from ideal in regards to site maintenance. Here it goes:
1. You create separate items hiearchies each has particular item permanently highlighted with some inner HTML.
2. You create separate HTML documents for navigation frame each has different items file linked
3. You add onload handlers to each content page. Handler reloads navigational frame with the menu that has corresponding item highlighted

So when you click the menu item new document loads in content frame and it reloads navigational frame with menu having corresponding item highlighted.

There are ways to ease site maintenance by using single file for menu items, but with some smart wrappers which will check URL of the document in the content frame and compare to url of the item and highlight the item if they match. You'll need reload call in content documents anyway, but at least they will be all the same in this case.

Feel free to ask for more details if anything is unclear

rachel - 12/14/2003 at 02:55 PM

thanx a lot!

though it took some work, and generated more files, it really works!
thank you very much!!!

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