[drupal-devel] [support] "my account" menu item oddities

Drubu drupal-devel at drupal.org
Fri Apr 1 00:58:04 UTC 2005

Issue status update for http://drupal.org/node/13184

 Project:      Drupal
-Version:      4.5.0
+Version:      4.5.2
 Component:    menu system
-Category:     bug reports
+Category:     support requests
 Priority:     normal
 Assigned to:  Anonymous
 Reported by:  kevin lapalme
 Updated by:   Drubu
 Status:       active

I was trying to figure out how to capitalize the *my account* link on
the menu and I found a way to do it! Since you can't edit it via *Home
» Administer » Menus*, if you open the file /user.module/ under the
/module/ folder in a program such as Dreamweaver and do a search for
*my account*... the first result should be the one you change. (I know
this for sure for version 4.5.2) If you capitalize it, save it, and
upload it, refresh your browser window a couple times, it should fix
it. If you don't really care about the capitalization of words in the
menu, then don't worry about it.


Previous comments:

November 19, 2004 - 15:03 : kevin lapalme

1. "my account" link can not be given "weight"
2. If edited, "my account" link behaves strangely: appears as separate
menu in admin screen, disappears from navigation menu, etc.
3. Subitems can't be added under my account, or, strange things happen
if you try to do that.


November 25, 2004 - 05:36 : kevin lapalme

Reproduce the error:
1. Assign sub-menus to "my account"  menu item
2. edit "my account" menu item - capitalize "My Account"
1. sub-menus disappear from navigation block 
2. "My Account" becomes separate Menu at the bottom of the menu
administration page.
I would really like to capitalize the "my account" link. Any way to do
that without bugging out the menus?


December 18, 2004 - 00:05 : kevin lapalme



January 27, 2005 - 13:36 : JonBob

Attachment: http://drupal.org/files/issues/user_13.patch (705 bytes)

The "my account" menu item includes the user ID, so really cannot be
customized. This is unfortunate. The attached patch corrects the
mentioned bug by locking the menu item as it should be, but doesn't
address the usability issue of not being able to customize the menu
item. I suggest we move ahead with this patch for the 4.5 branch and,
since time is short, likely 4.6.
Any suggestions for how to make this item editable? I think we'd need
some way to have multiple paths for a single menu item... wildcards or
something. But an implementation escapes me.


January 27, 2005 - 13:50 : Steven

Perhaps we could change the path for "my account" to "user/me" or
something? Link-wise it's not too hard to implement, just do "user/".
($account->uid == $user->uid ? "me" : $account->uid) or something when
linking to that page.


January 27, 2005 - 15:35 : Dries

The patch did not apply cleanly against DRUPAL-4-5.  I modified the
patch and committed it to DRUPAL-4-5 and to HEAD. I'm leaving this
issue open for a couple more days.


January 27, 2005 - 17:21 : Boris Mann

The same issue comes up with other menus that include the user ID (there
are a couple, can't recall exactly which).
While user/me is interesting, it would then be inconsistent with things
like blog/UID and blog/UID/feed.
Adding something like [uid] to menu creation might make menu code more
complex, but should work.


January 28, 2005 - 05:39 : tangent

It seems unlikely that I am the only one to notice/realize this so I'm
probably missing something but ?=/user currently redirects to the "my
account" url. Therefore, shortening the link to simply "/user" would
make the url generic and serve the intended purpose no?


January 28, 2005 - 07:18 : JonBob

Unfortunately, it's not quite that simple. Neither "user" nor "user/me"
works as we would like due to the introduction of tabs. Right now
"user" is a callback that does a drupal_goto() to "user/52". This means
that if there were a menu item that pointed to "user", when you clicked
on it you would end up at a different URL, and the "my account" link
would not appear as active/expanded in the menu. Implementing "user/me"
instead has problems with the tabs, because we would then have to
register "user/me/edit" and so forth to make things show up correctly.

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