Common header help


#1

I’m trying to create a common header for my ruby on rails app. I have
the
common layout setup in application.rhtml. In the layout i have a div
section “header” which is where i want to add information like logo
image,
the current user logged in, navigation links, standard stuff. However,
when
i try to add information in that “header” section, it does not display
anything that is plain text. I added link_to’s and those show up, but
if i
add the username (no link) it does not show up. I can see that its
there
when i view source on the page, but it does not show up on the actual
page.
Why is this?

Also, the technique i am using to get the currently logged in user, is
to
render_component of a controller that looks up the current user if the
id is
in the session hash. Is this the best way to do such a thing?

I’m new to rails, so i want to make sure i’m not violating best
practices,
and i would greatly appreciate some help.

Thanks in advance.


#2

Can you post the pertinent chunk of the resulting html file (i.e. the
“header” div) and
the chunk of the application.rhtml that makes it?

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