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Keeping a submenu open when loading a new webpage

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Hi!  

I have already found some answers to my question which help me a lot, but I need some further help if possible as I've not used any php before - not much javascript either!.  I have a css / javascript menu, I would like the relevant area of the sub menu to stay visible when the page re-loads (when the user clicks on a link within the sub menu).  You can see it working so far here http://www.thefeelgoodguide.co.uk/test  (am I allowed to put up links?)

I've found this answer by Ingwa... (pasted below) I have a php enabled server - but I just need to know what to do with this code - where to put it and if I need to edit it etc.  Or do I have any other options?

Thank you in advance!!
Emma

Answer...
:Another simpler method could be to use a session variable on the server which stores a value.  This remains "in state" while the users browser and connection to the server remain active.  It's also non-dependent on javascript, which ensures that even if the users javascript is disabled, as long as the form can post to php then the code will work.  The connection is only terminated after x number of seconds, which is usually set in the php.ini.  To set a session do this:

<?php session_start();

$_SESSION['myvar'] = $_POST['dropdownfield'];  // Selected test1
?>

<select name="'dropdownfield'" id="'dropdownfield'">
  <option value="test1" <?php if($_SESSION['myvar'] == "test1"){ echo 'selected="selected";} ?>">test1</option>
  <option value="test2" <?php if($_SESSION['myvar'] == "test2"){ echo 'selected="selected";} ?>>test2</option>
  <option value="test3" <?php if($_SESSION['myvar'] == "test3"){ echo 'selected="selected";} ?>>test3</option>
  <option value="test4" <?php if($_SESSION['myvar'] == "test4"){ echo 'selected="selected";} ?>>test4</option>

</select>

Hope this helps."



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by:Mark Gilbert
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Hi Emma,

The select is a form element.  If you need to add or delete from it (or change the values), it would be edited like a normal select (drop down list).  I would bind it in <form> tags and have the action point the page that you need the navigation open on.  E.g we are on index.html, have it point to nav.php, a page where you keep all your main navigation.  Put a go button on the form too so that it gets submitted.  Then a user selects what page they want and presses go, which submits to the php page, sets the session value and redraws the select, with the right sub nav selected.

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Hi Ingwa

Thanks for your help.  I didn't even notice the words "dropdownfield" in that code! Tch!  Unfortunately that's not what I need at all!  Sorry about that.  I just need my existing menu (not a drop down field with a go button) to remain open or to re-open in the right place when the page is reloaded.  Do you know if there's a way to do that?

Many thanks, and sorry for the confusion!
Emma
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