Jon Jon - 10 days ago 6
Jade Question

Access current request in Express/Jade view

I have a layout Jade view that has a menu via unordered list, and I want to set the

<li>
to be
<li class="active">...</li>
when the current page is rendered in the browser.

I assume I will have to access the current request to determine when to set the attribute on the
<li>


I can't find any examples of how to do this so hoping someone can help

Thanks

Answer

Try this before your call res.render() in your route:

res.locals.path = req.path;
res.render('/page');

or

res.render('/page', { path: req.path });

Then you would have to do a bunch of if/else statements in your view (as the above solution suggests).

- if(currentUrl === '/')
    li(class='active')
        a(href='/') Current Driver Standings
- else
    li
        a(href='/') Current Driver Standings

I however, prefer to do this on client side instead, to keep my template files free from as much logic as possible:

In page template file (this is ejs, not sure how to echo in jade):

<body data-path="<%= path %>">

Then with jQuery you can grab the path from body and attach an active class:

$(function(){
    var path = $('body').attr('data-path');
    $('nav li a[href='+path+']').parents('li').addClass('active');
});

Update: You can also just use var path = window.location.pathname instead of saving it to an attribute on body

//no need to save path to <body> tag first:

$(function(){
    var path = window.location.pathname;
    $('nav li a[href='+path+']').parents('li').addClass('active');
});
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