Introduction to Zend\Navigation¶
Zend\Navigation is a component for managing trees of pointers to web pages. Simply put: It can be used for
creating menus, breadcrumbs, links, and sitemaps, or serve as a model for other navigation related purposes.
Pages and Containers¶
There are two main concepts in
A page (
Zend\Navigation – in its most basic form – is an object that
holds a pointer to a web page. In addition to the pointer itself, the page object contains a number of other
properties that are typically relevant for navigation, such as
Read more about pages in the pages section.
A navigation container (
Zend\Navigation\AbstractContainer) is a container class for pages. It has methods
for adding, retrieving, deleting and iterating pages. It implements the SPL interfaces
Countable, and can thus be iterated with SPL iterators such as
Read more about containers in the containers section.
Zend\Navigation\AbstractContainer, which means that a page
can have sub pages.
Separation of data (model) and rendering (view)¶
Classes in the
Zend\Navigation namespace do not deal with rendering of navigational elements. Rendering is done
with navigational view helpers. However, pages contain information that is used by view helpers when rendering,
priority properties for sitemaps, etc.
Read more about rendering navigational elements in the view helpers section.