I'm trying to achieve a notification feature which you see on facebook, myspace and so on.
Here the trick that I use:
I've pulled a number of data that a user has not been read (where active ='0') from a database to display on a notification icon on the menubar -- the exact notification icon you will see on facebook and myspace -- says 2 unread messages in bright red.
As the user click on the notification button to open up a dropdown menu and read their unread messages I process the script and update the active = '0' to active = '1' and refresh the page.
The problem is when the page is refreshed, the dropdown menu and the notification both disappeared.
How do I remove only that number in red and keep the dropdown menu open, I know that both facebook and myspace didn't even refresh a page.
Hope I explain what I'm trying to do clearly and thanks for your help