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Adds a helper method for generating a menubar
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menu_helper

menu_helper adds a helper method for generating a menubar.

Resources

API

Bugs

Development

Source

  • git://github.com/pluginaweek/menu_helper.git

Description

The generation of a menubar's structure can often be a repetitive and unDRY process. A standard using unordered lists is generally followed when creating a menubar. menu_helper attempts to following this standard in addition to automatically adding ids, classes for selected menus, and default urls each menu is linked to (base on various information, such as the name of the menu).

Usage

routes.rb:

ActionController::Routing::Routes.draw do |map|
  map.with_options(:controller => 'site') do |site|
    site.home '', :action => 'index'
  end

  map.with_options(:controller => 'about_us') do |about_us|
    about_us.about_us 'about_us', :action => 'index'
    about_us.contact 'about_us/contact', :action => 'contact'
    about_us.who_we_are 'about_us/who_we_are', :action => 'who_we_are'
  end

  map.resources :products
  map.resources :services
end

_menu_bar.html.erb:

<%=
  menu_bar do |main|
    main.menu :home
    main.menu :products
    main.menu :services
    main.menu :about_us do |about_us|
      about_us.menu :overview, 'Overview', about_us_url
      about_us.menu :who_we_are
      about_us.menu :contact, 'Contact Us'
    end
    main.menu :search, 'Search!', 'http://www.google.com', :class => 'ir'
  end
%>

Output (formatted for sanity):

<ul class="ui-menubar ui-menubar-1">
  <li class="ui-menubar-menu ui-menubar-menu-1"><a href="http://example.com/"><span>Home</span></a></li>
  <li class="ui-menubar-menu ui-menubar-menu-1"><a href="http://example.com/products"><span>Products</span></a></li>
  <li class="ui-menubar-menu ui-menubar-menu-1"><a href="http://example.com/services"><span>Services</span></a></li>
  <li class="ui-menubar-menu ui-menubar-menu-1 ui-state-active ui-menubar-selected"><a href="http://example.com/about_us"><span>About Us</span></a>
    <ul class="ui-menubar ui-menubar-2 ui-state-active ui-menubar-selected">
      <li class="ui-menubar-menu ui-menubar-menu-2"><a href="http://example.com/about_us"><span>Overview</span></a></li>
      <li class="ui-menubar-menu ui-menubar-menu-2 ui-state-active ui-menubar-selected"><a href="http://example.com/about_us/who_we_are"><span>Who We Are</span></a></li>
      <li class="ui-menubar-menu ui-menubar-menu-2 ui-menubar-last"><a href="http://example.com/about_us/contact"><span>Contact Us</span></a></li>
    </ul>
  </li>
  <li class="ir ui-menubar-menu ui-menubar-menu-1 ui-menubar-last"><a href="http://www.google.com"><span>Search!</span></a></li>
</ul>

Caveat Emptor

Remember one of the basic principles of programming: KISS. There's no need to use this plugin if you're writing a very, very simple menubar. The advantages of this helper are consistency, DRYness, and decreased complexity if you have lots of submenus.

I wrote this plugin mostly as an educational/experimental piece, so I don't recommend using this in a production application, but rather a prototype.

Testing

To test this plugin, the following gems must be installed:

To run against a specific version of Rails:

rake test RAILS_FRAMEWORK_ROOT=/path/to/rails

Dependencies

  • Rails 2.0 or later

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