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Fun with menus


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11 September 2009 at 11:01pm Community Member, 243 Posts

Yes, but this means if the user changes the Title... it breaks :(


11 September 2009 at 11:03pm (Last edited: 11 September 2009 11:05pm), Forum Moderator, 1095 Posts

Refer to the id instead? Not so nice anymore... :-(


12 September 2009 at 1:04am (Last edited: 12 September 2009 1:06am), Community Member, 323 Posts


Martimiz, I think you're wrong: 'if' structures accept the != operator. What they don't accept is apostrophes or spaces or non-ASCII characters, so:

<% if MenuTitle != 'My Headline' %>

Does not work, but:

<% if URLSegment != my-headline %>

should work.

Hope it helps,


12 September 2009 at 2:29am Forum Moderator, 1095 Posts

You're absolutely right - that was definitely mixed up - must have been the holydays. Sorry Pidgeon, I guess I'll go and hide for a while :-(


12 September 2009 at 3:27am Community Member, 323 Posts

Hey Martimiz, don't hide! Your contribution is useful.

If I know well this issue is because I'm using SS for multi-lingual sites. The actual 'if' parser is useless with Titles, MenuTitles and the such as long as it does not recognize spaces and special characters. Happily, with SS, it's easy to find workarounds.

Best regards,


14 September 2009 at 9:45pm Community Member, 104 Posts


So many excellent suggestions, I can't thank you enough.

@Pigeon. Thanks for being so thorough with your explanation, it's helped my understanding of the SS framework a lot.

For anyone following this thread - I'm actually going to use the Martimez/Juanitou 'quick-n-dirty' solution (no offense intended). In my case I have a one-off requirement to move one item from the left-bar to the right-bar. So I think that hard-coding it is actually the 'safe' option in this case and it doesn't give the client any extra checkboxes to worry about. I've used <% if ID != 54 %> to identify the particular node, so the client can alter the page title if neccessary.

If the client's requirement changes in the future, I know I have the 'elegent' solution to fall back on.

Again, thanks all.