My menu is comprised of text hyperlinks, and each hyperlink is set to be a highlight colour when the page it links to is active to help with site wayfinding. From the very start the active state has not worked. I've tried everything I can think of. Initially I had a problem with rollover states as well and I "fixed" it by tinkering with the hyperlink settings, but it didn't help with active state.
I most recently tried creating a new site to see whether Beta 6 had fixed the problem, with no luck. At this point in time, the site is over 100 pages, with somewhere around 16 Master pages, and is very difficult to navigate with a non-functional active state. I would appreciate if someone had a solution or workaround for this that doesn't involve replacing all my hand-built menus with menu widgets (the look we're going for is very simple and is easier to achieve with text hyperlinks than a menu widget). It would also be impossible to eliminate the Master pages and have a unique menu for every single page as this becomes extremely difficult and time-consuming to edit and make additions as the site grows.
Browsers show the text hyperlink 'active' state when you click on a link(i.e. while the mouse button is down). Sounds like you want something different - you want the menu item which has a hyperlink to the current page to draw in a different state. You can accomplish this in Muse using the States palette. You can set the hyperlink on the text frame, and then specify a different text color for the different states of the text frame. Muse will render your text frame in the 'active' state if it has a hyperlink to the current page. It's a bit confusing that there's an 'active' for text hyperlinks and an active state for page items...
Yes, having "active state" mean two different things is rather confusing... Changing the word "active" to "mouse down" in the hyperlink styles (like it is in iWeb) might help.
Thank you very much for your help with this, I will give it a try!
I've still not managed to get active state to work. I put each menu item on one of my master pages into its own text frame, and defined the states of each text frame using the States palette. I also changed the hyperlink style to be black on all hyperlink states, so that all states are now controlled by the States palette. Once again, rollover works (for the most part - it is not working for one of my links), but active state is still not working.
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