I'm confused about what to do with the menu items whose sole function is 'to be parent' i.e. no content attached to them. One way I wanted to solve this is to set the path to <front> for those items. But then subitems just won't fly out anymore.

Similarly, if I set the path of a parent item to the node that belongs to a child item, the parent just totally disappears out of the menu, leave alone that there would be a child to pop out of.

  • The menu in this context is the hierarchical structure representing the content/pages in your site. It doesn't really make sense that any menu item would not have a piece of content/page associated with it. If you find yourself in this position for whatever reason though, consider making the 'parent' page an introduction to the child pages under it.
    – Clive
    Mar 2, 2012 at 9:41
  • To me it doens't make sense to have to assign content to each menu item either, especially in this context. The problem is that, whenever I want to add a menu item to my menu structure, a path is required. If I assign to the menu item a path to a node that isn't assigned to any other menu item (regardless of what the page might contain), the menu just doesn't appear in my menu.
    – Immers
    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:00
  • I'm not sure you understand Drupal's menu system...it's based entirely on paths and links. So if you want something to appear in the menu, it has to be a link, and it has to have a path. Anything else just doesn't make sense. What you're talking about should be represented using a bunch of different lists of links, each with a heading. It's just a matter of semantics
    – Clive
    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:12
  • It's not that I don't understand that a menu item has to be a link and therefore has to have a path. The reason that I said that it's a problem that a path is required is not that I think it doesn't make sense that a link can be link without a path. It's that I'm trying to figure out something that is workable for the superfish menu to function as desired. Iow, it's not a matter of if links should have paths or not(of course they need to have a path) it's about which paths superfish understands in order to function properly.
    – Immers
    Mar 2, 2012 at 13:16
  • As Superfish is Javascript you might want to implement a javascript solution...one that removes the links from the 'parent' items after the page has loaded...would that do the trick?
    – Clive
    Mar 2, 2012 at 13:17

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Weirdly enough I've just stumbled across the Special menu items module, which is:

a Drupal module that provides placeholder and separator menu items.

A placeholder is a menu item which is not a link. It is useful with dynamic drop down menus where we want to have a parent menu item which is not linking to a page but just acting as a parent grouping some menu items below it.

I'm pretty sure that's just what you're looking for, and it has a stable release for Drupal 7 :)

  • Yes! That's the one. I'm working on it now, should do the job.
    – Immers
    Mar 2, 2012 at 23:33

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