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Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#34839 new defect (bug)

Wrong attribution of current_page_parent for menus when on single/archive CPT

Reported by: tabrisrp Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 3.0
Component: Menus Keywords: has-patch needs-testing
Focuses: template Cc:


  • When on a single CPT page, the menu item receiving the class current_page_parent is the blog archive page, and not the archive CPT page.
  • When on an archive CPT page that is in a submenu, the menu item receiving the class current_page_parent is the blog archive page, and not the parent menu item. Also, the parent menu item doesn't have the current-menu-parent and current-menu-ancestor classes.

This plugin has some functions that deal with this issue, but it's probably something that should be fixed in core now since archive CPT page are available by default. https://wordpress.org/plugins/sf-archiver/

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Change History (7)

#1 follow-up: @helen
6 years ago

Hi @tabrisrp - welcome to Trac. Is this new to trunk (4.4 development) or does it exist earlier?

#2 in reply to: ↑ 1 @tabrisrp
6 years ago

Replying to helen:

Hi @tabrisrp - welcome to Trac. Is this new to trunk (4.4 development) or does it exist earlier?

Hi @helen,

Happy to join and help improving WP :)

It exists since before the 4.4, as the plugin I linked already did changes on the menu item classes and is working with 4.3 and earlier. It's probably there from the start of the new menu system.

It only came to my attention now thanks to a currently in development website.

Last edited 6 years ago by tabrisrp (previous) (diff)

#3 @helen
6 years ago

  • Version changed from trunk to 3.0

Thanks - needed to check if this was something we needed to fix before releasing 4.4. Upon further inspection, I feel fairly certain this is a duplicate of something but cannot locate it at the moment.

#4 @tabrisrp
6 years ago

It most probably has been reported before, but I was not able to find a corresponding ticket.

It's mostly a design issue for themes, because if you're styling those classes has a position indicator on the website, it will be wrong on some pages.

I think it could get a small priority bump now that the archives CPT pages are available in the menu editor.

It's also an issue in a specific case I encountered, where I filter a menu to extract its sub-menus based on the menu parent classes. For the archives CPT page and single CPT page, the wrong sub-menu is extracted because of this bug.

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core by chriscct7. View the logs.

6 years ago

#6 @mdgl
5 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch needs-testing added

With regard to the first issue, see #16382 which is marked "wontfix" as it seems current_page_parent is added as a backwards-compatibility measure. New themes/plugins should best rely only on the newer classes (with hyphens).

For the other problems, code to properly set the menu item parent/ancestor classes was missing for custom post type archives. In fact, this code shouldn't be dependent on object type, so in the forthcoming patch I have factored this out into a common block. This also makes function _wp_menu_item_classes_by_context() slightly easier to read and understand (but still pretty opaque!).

I took the opportunity of incorporating the fix for #32918 at the same time (easier now the code is in just one place).

It's likely a number of other bugs are lurking in this area of code. We could really do with some unit tests: see #32367.

5 years ago

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