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I am using Genesis and have written a custom function which works fine, but is very ugly and includes a css statement. The object is to highlight a menu link in the main header menu when on certain pages or posts.

This function does not work if I remove the css from the function or if I remove "#header #nav #menu-item-133 a" from the stylesheet. It has to have both, so something is not right even though it does do the job!

Can anyone correct my error(s)? Thanks.

function blog_link_genesis() {
    if( is_single() || in_category('investors') || is_page( array(4, 30))) { 
    $current = '#header #nav #menu-item-133 a';  }

    <style type="text/css">
    <?php echo $current; ?> { color: #ff0;}
    <?php }
add_action( 'genesis_header' , 'blog_link_genesis'  );
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This looks to me like you will be echoing malformed CSS most of the time. – s_ha_dum Aug 25 '13 at 21:47
As I said, it works, but please explain your comment? – Lynne Aug 25 '13 at 21:49
You are printing this line-- <?php echo $current; ?> { color: #ff0;}-- every time the function runs, presumably that is on every page load. However, $current is only set for some limited pages so what you are actually printing most of the time is <style type="text/css">{ color: #ff0;}</style>. Note the missing selector. – s_ha_dum Aug 25 '13 at 21:52
Yes, I just saw that it prints on all pages, and highlights only on the pages I need. But I do not know how to write it correctly that is why I am posting the questions here. Thanks for any help. – Lynne Aug 25 '13 at 21:57
I can rewrite that part for you but I don't much about Genesis, so I can't say if that will correct your problem or not. I'd guess "not". – s_ha_dum Aug 25 '13 at 21:58

As noted in comments above, the OP's code generates malformed CSS. Per request, here is corrected code. It should help solve part of the issue (or prevent other issues) but I doubt it solves all of it.

function blog_link_genesis() {
  if( is_single() || in_category('investors') || is_page( array(4, 30))) { 
    $current = '#header #nav #menu-item-133 a'; ?>
    <style type="text/css">
      <?php echo $current; ?> { color: #ff0;}
add_action( 'genesis_header' , 'blog_link_genesis'  );

All you really needed to do was roll the whole block of code into the if.

I suspect that you have an XY problem in this question. If you were to explain the problem and the desired result better, I suspect that there is a better way to approach this.

If the menu you mean is this one with "Trials", "Cloud Services", "Bright Eval", etc. then that looks like a standard WordPress menu. If you look at the markup, you will notice a number of useful classes. To add more you want to hook into nav_menu_css_class something like what is done here.

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Thank you, the best way to explain this is to show you the messy test site. marazuldelsur.com/wordpress/category/investors In the main top menu I need to have Investors highlighted when on the post category of 'investors' but also on the pages which are in the sidebar menu, 'about' and 'cloud-services'. As the category 'investors' is also the main top link I cannot add the other pages as children. Does that explain it any better. – Lynne Aug 25 '13 at 22:07
It is also like getting single posts to highlight the main menu link to a Blog page when they are not children of 'Blog' – Lynne Aug 25 '13 at 22:15
@Lynne : See the edit. – s_ha_dum Aug 25 '13 at 22:36
Sorry, first time poster so not used to formulating my question the right way. Just read XY question and want to clarify that the desired result was already there. I just thought that my code was clumsy and wanted to get the function to pull a selector from the styles.css file, not have to add it into the function as well. I do not need to add extra classes as I am only targeting one main menu link in the blue bar which does not need to be dynamic. And thank you for your help. – Lynne Aug 26 '13 at 0:02

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