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django-activelink

django-activelink is a Django template library for checking whether the current page matches a given URL. It is useful for highlighting active links in menus.

Installation

You can install django-activelink from PyPI:

pip install django-activelink

Add activelink to your INSTALLED_APPS:

INSTALLED_APPS = (
    ...
    'activelink',
    ...
)

Whenever you want to use django-activelink in a template, you need to load its template library:

{% load activelink %}

IMPORTANT: django-activelink requires that the current request object is available in your template's context. This means you must be using a RequestContext when rendering your template, and django.core.context_processors.request must be in your TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS setting. See the documentation for more information.

Usage

Three template tags are provided: ifactive, ifstartswith and ifcontains. These take exactly the same arguments as the built-in url template tag. They check whether the URL provided matches the current request URL. This is easiest to explain with an example:

<a href="{% url "myurl" %}" class="{% ifactive "myurl" %}on{% else %}off{% endifactive %}">Menu item</a>

You can also pass a literal URL rather than a URL name:

<a href="/myurl/" class="{% ifactive "/myurl/" %}on{% else %}off{% endifactive %}">Menu item</a>

The ifstartswith tag checks whether the beginning of the current URL matches. This is useful for top-level menu items with submenus attached.

The ifcontains tag checks that the current URL contains the searched part.

Note: Django 1.3 started the process of gradually deprecating the existing url template tag and replacing it with a new one, which requires literal string arguments to be quoted. See the release notes for more information. To be forwards-compatible, django-activelink only supports the new version of the syntax. You can still use it in templates using the old version, but you have to remember to quote your strings properly.

Development

To contribute, fork the repository, make your changes, add some tests, commit, push, and open a pull request.

How to run the tests

This project is tested with nose. Clone the repository, then run pip install -r test-requirements.txt to install nose and Django into your virtualenv. Then, simply type nosetests to find and run all the tests.

(Un)license

This is free and unencumbered software released into the public domain.

Anyone is free to copy, modify, publish, use, compile, sell, or distribute this software, either in source code form or as a compiled binary, for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial, and by any means.

In jurisdictions that recognize copyright laws, the author or authors of this software dedicate any and all copyright interest in the software to the public domain. We make this dedication for the benefit of the public at large and to the detriment of our heirs and successors. We intend this dedication to be an overt act of relinquishment in perpetuity of all present and future rights to this software under copyright law.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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