We are considering converting some of our global navigation elements to SSIs or Dreamweaver library items. After further reflection an issue arose that I had overlooked. Our current navigation functions such that when an element is chosen from the left nav, the subsequent pages for that section have an effect where the element chosen has a different background color on the navigation (see http://www.csrees.usda.gov/nea/education/in_focus/education_if_avian.html
for an example).
My questions is:
If we switch to SSI or .lbi is there anyway to preserve this functionality (i.e. the color chage). I can't see how this would work without some database/ CMS as there is no way for the SSI/ .lbi to "know" which page it is on (and thus have the correct element on the navigation highlighted).