Populate Dropdown Menu in PHP from JSON


I have the following JSON in a file menu.txt:

[{ "title":"About", "url":"/about", "nodes":[ {"title":"Staff","url":"/about/staff"}, {"title":"Location","url":"/about/location"} ]},{ "title":"Contact", "url":"/contact" }]

Using the following Javascript:

var menu = // JSON from menu.txt function parseNodes(nodes) { var ul = document.createElement('UL'); for(var i=0; i < nodes.length; i++) { ul.appendChild(parseNode(nodes[i])); } return ul; } function parseNode(node) { // takes a node object and turns it into a <li> var li = document.createElement('LI'); var a = ('<a href="'+node.url+'">'+node.title+'</a>'); li.innerHTML = a; if(node.nodes) li.appendChild(parseNodes(node.nodes)); return li; } document.getElementById('menu').appendChild(parseNodes(menu));

I can create the following HTML:

<div id="menu"> <ul> <li><a href="/about">About</a></li> <ul> <li><a href="/about/staff">Staff</a></li> <li><a href="/about/location">Location</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href="/contact">Contact</a></li> </ul> </div>

Is there an easy way to do this in PHP as to be more search-engine friendly? Preferably a PHP script that I could include menu.php in my pages?

<?php $file = "menu.txt"; $json = json_decode(file_get_contents($file), true); // ???? ?>


This should get you started ;)

<?php function parseNodes($nodes) { $ul = "<ul>\n"; foreach ($nodes as $node) { $ul .= parseNode($node); } $ul .= "</ul>\n"; return $ul; } function parseNode($node) { $li = "\t<li>"; $li .= '<a href="'.$node->url.'">'.$node->title.'</a>'; if (isset($node->nodes)) $li .= parseNodes($node->nodes); $li .= "</li>\n"; return $li; } $json = '[{ "title":"About", "url":"/about", "nodes":[ {"title":"Staff","url":"/about/staff"}, {"title":"Location","url":"/about/location"} ]},{ "title":"Contact", "url":"/contact" }]'; $nodes = json_decode($json); $html = parseNodes($nodes); echo $html;


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