DHTML Utopia: Modern Web Design Using JavaScript & DOM by Stuart contributes to Stylish Scripting: SitePoint’s DHTML and CSS Blog. About The. DHTML Utopia: Modern Web Design Using JavaScript & DOM explores the Document Object Model, remote scripting, Ajax, XML-RPC and. What do Flickr, Google Suggest, Google Maps, and GMail have in common? They all take great advantage of some of the latest modern, unobtrusive DHTML .

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Then, if that checkbox is checked, we open the link in a new window:. So, to hide an element from display, we can set its display property to none:. You just need to make sure that your page displays correctly when JavaScript is turned off.

We know that elthe clicked link, is a link object, and that link objects have an href property.

Testing whether a given item is defined just got a little more complex but only a little! This allows users to add to the form as many entries as they like.

Each CSS property is a property of that style property, with its name slightly transformed: Here, we set fooHeight if, and only if, offsetHeight is supported on foo. One of the important things the figure illustrates is that the text inside an element is not part of that element. This title contains over pages of DHTML techniques that enrich the user experience without sacrificing dhtlm or standards-compliance.

Imagine we placed a checkbox dhyml the page, which, initially unchecked, was accompanied by the label Open links in new window. For example, all visible elements will fire a mouseover event when the mouse is moved over them.

The first approach is to work out which browser is being used, then have a list within your code that states which browser supports dhgml features. This is inconvenient but not catastrophic; it just means that you have to take different actions for different browsers.

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So the “scale factor” is ten. The easiest approach is to test for every DOM method you intend to use. The most important page creation utooia is to check that your HTML is valid.


Halting bubbling can be done in two ways, as is the case with much event handling: It has a real wow factor! Dthml then create the text node for the text that will appear inside the link. My sites however lack the structure the DHTML book above talks about — in djtml words my sites are a jumbled mess of content scripting, and formatting.

The document can be further processed and the results of that processing can be incorporated back into the presented page.

DHTML Utopia: Modern Web Design Using JavaScript & DOM

Exploring the DOM — being able to find, change, add, and remove elements from your document — is a powerful technique all by itself, and is a fundamental aspect of modern DHTML.

The dthml above is flawed: Instead, the approach taken is to use one of the getElementsBy Whatever methods to grab a particular part of the tree directly.

We can, for example, attach one single function as an event listener for click events to every link in our page. The browsers that render your site will fall into the following broad categories:. Although the full definition of CSS allows you to do some fairly amazing things, and to control the presentation of your pages to a high degree, not every browser supports everything that CSS has to offer.

It also attaches the cancelClick function as utooia old-style click event listener for each link — this will permit us to cancel the default action of each link in Safari. Buy your own copy of the book now, right here at SitePoint.

In this case, how does our aKeyWasPressed function know which key was pressed? You may recall from the previous chapter the technique of referring to a Function object without calling it. We’re storing the dimensions of the larger image in custom attributes on the a element: Understanding the processes by which events are fired, and by which code is hooked to those events, is vital to DHTML programming.


Each non-list element in that snippet fhtml been given an ID. The core of DHTML — the D-for-dynamic bit — lies in our ability to utopiz those elements, to remove them, and to add new ones.

The root node should be available to JavaScript as document. Imagine we use the method as follows:. There are two principal methods that can be used to get a particular element or set of elements. Note that we use the String. If the cursor moves 50 pixels left, the big image will move pixels left: Image rollover scripts, in which an image is used as a link, and that image changes when the user mouses over it, are a mainstay of JavaScript programming on the Web.

Using the old-fashioned method above, only one piece of code could be run in response to any event. In such cases, the browser gets it wrong. If, before setting up the rhtml listeners, you check that the browser supplies all the DOM features required by the code, event listeners will not be set up for browsers that do not support those features. Note the location of the cursor. We also check for bodyto prevent an infinite loop; if we get as far up the tree as the document bodywe give up.

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The ill-fated “browser wars” were all about these proprietary extensions to the Web, as each manufacturer strove to attract more developers to its platform through the lure of new features. This is the cross-browser approach to identifying which link was clicked; we check for a window.

Symmetrically, the p node is the parent of the a node. Of course I immediately had to learn how to do it. Suppose the variable node points to the ul element of the DOM tree.