David P.C. Wollmann


CatalystX::Menu::mcDropdown - Generate HTML UL for a mcDropdown menu


 package MyApp::Controller::Whatever;

 sub someaction :Local
 { ... }

 sub begin :Private {
     my ($self, $c) = @_;

     my $menu = CatalystX::Menu::mcDropdown->new(
        context => $c,
        menupath_attr => 'MenuPath',    # action attribute used to determin menu tree
        menutitle_attr => 'MenuTitle',  # action attribute that supplies menu text
        ul_id => 'menudata',            # <ul id="menudata"> ... </ul>
        ul_class => 'mcdropdown_menu',  # <ul id="menudata" class="mcdropdown_menu"> ... </ul>
                                        # NOTE: mcDropdown expects class="mcdropdown_menu" !
        top_order => [qw(Home * About)],    # Put Home and About on the ends,
                                            #  everything else in-between
        filter => sub {                     # Filter out actions we don't want in menu
            my ($c, %actions) = @_;
                map {$_, $actions{$_}}
                grep {$actions{$_}->can_visit($c)}
                grep {UNIVERSAL::isa($actions{$_}, 'Catalyst::Action::Role::ACL')}
                keys %actions;
        add_nodes => [      # add a menu node manually
                menupath => '/Bargains',
                menutitle => 'Cheap stuff',
                uri => '/products/cheap',

     $c->session->{navmenu} = $menu->output;
     # include the UL element in your Template: [% c.session.navmenu %]

 # include the required styles (CSS) for the mcDropdown plugin in your markup


Builds nested HTML UL element with links to your Catalyst application's public actions for use as a mcDropdown menu.

mcDropdown menus: http://www.givainc.com/labs/mcdropdown_jquery_plugin.htm


new( $tree, %params )

Takes a menu tree produced by Catalyst::Controller::Menutree (CatalystX::MenuTree) and a list of key/value parameter pairs.


Required (no validation)

Names the action attribute that contains the menu path:

 menupath_attr => 'MenuPath'

 # and in your controller:

 sub foobar :Local
 :MenuTitle('Foobar and stuff')
 { ... }

Only actions with the menupath_attr attribute are processed. This attribute's value determines where the action's menu item is placed in the menu structure (HTML UL).

Depending on the attribute values collected from the processed actions, there may be menu items containing only text. If you want a link to a landing page, for example, instead of text, include an action for the landing page with the appropriate MenuPath attribute in your controller, or add an entry manually with the add_nodes parameter.


The mcDropdown menu plugin populates the menu options from the values of the list itmes (for example: <li>Menu Option</li>).



The ID attribute to be applied to the outer HTML UL element.



The class attribute to be applied to the outer HTML UL element. mcDropdown requires class = mcdropdown_menu.


A list of top level menu item labels. Menu items are sorted alphabetically by default. top_order allows you to specify the order of one or more items. The asterisk (*) inserts any menu items not listed in top_order.



A reference to an array of hash references. See the "SYNOPSIS".


Return HTML UL markup.



Return hash keys for top level menu items. Order is determined by the top_order param. Items not explicitly referenced in the top_order param are sorted lexically and inserted where the asterisk (*) appears in the top_order param string.

_gen_menu($self, $h, $tree)

Recursively construct a (possibly) nested HTML UL element.

$h is an HTML::Element object. $tree is a node in the tree created in the parent class.


David P.C. Wollmann <converter42@gmail.com>


This is brand new code, so use at your own risk.


Copyright 2009 by David P.C. Wollmann

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.