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Created by James on July 04, 2009 16:30:40    Last update: January 11, 2011 21:21:59
If you are looking for a solution for a progress bar, I direct you to the following resources: Bare Naked App provides a simple and elegant solution based on pure CSS with two images. You control the percentage of completion through the background-position attribute of the CSS. HTML: <img src="/images/percentImage.png" alt="... CSS: img.percentImage { background: white url(/imag... Images: (percentImage.png) (percentImage_back.png) WebAppers extended the above solution with JavaScript. They also added several colored images: JQuery UI has a built-in progress bar widget. However, if you want to get to understand some of the foobar needed to get CSS to work (in general) through this example, stay with me for the rest of this note. Initially I was thinking, a progress bar should be easy: just make...
Created by James on July 19, 2009 20:51:23    Last update: January 11, 2011 20:14:18
If CSS3 border-image is properly supported, making a rounded corner box is very easy. You just need a round corner image like this: The following markup: <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" ... would render like this (try it in Firefox 3.5 and Google Chrome): However, IE as of version 8.0 does not support border-image . So until border-image is reliably supported in all major browsers, we still have to rely on tried and true tricks to make it work. In general, I found three general categories of tricks to make rounded corners: Good old tables. This trick creates a table of 9 cells and uses the 8 cells on the perimeter to render the borders and rounded corners. The central cell is used for...
Created by James on January 10, 2011 16:37:20    Last update: January 10, 2011 16:37:20
The following page injects CSS rules with JavaScript. It works fine in Firefox and Chrome. <html> <head> <script type="text/javascrip... But in IE, it breaks with "Unknown runtime error" (seemed like it's trying to interpret the curly brackets in the CSS as JavaScript blocks!): In order to make it work in IE, the code need to be changed to: <html> <head> <script type="text/javascrip... The tricks to identify IE and insert new CSS rules came from Paul Irish .
Created by James on June 30, 2010 19:04:45    Last update: July 03, 2010 21:24:33
Technically, file upload cannot be handled by Ajax, because XMLHttpRequest (XHR) does not handle file inputs. All techniques not using Flash rely on an invisible iframe as the upload form submit target. JavaScript then grabs the response content from the iframe and present it, giving the same illusion as Ajax. webtoolkit AIM The technique by webtoolkit is very simple. It involves 3 simple steps: include the AIM script, implement the start/finish JavaScript functions, and add an onsubmit handler to the normal file upload form. The hooked up form looks like: <head> <script type="text/javascript" src="webt... The AIM script is also quite simple: /** * * AJAX IFRAME METHOD (AIM) * http... The above code only supports HTML responses. In order to support JSON responses, the above...
Created by Dr. Xi on September 07, 2008 22:10:21    Last update: September 07, 2008 22:15:51
When you use window.open to open a page in a new browser window, the new window is not modal, i.e., focus on the new window can be lost when the parent window is clicked. IE provides window.showModalDialog but it doesn't have the full power of a real browser window, and it's IE specific. This is a JavaScript that makes the popup window modal. The central trick is to check focus periodically with window.setInterval and request focus when it's lost. In IE, when an input on the page gets focus, the window thinks that it lost focus and requests focus back, thus taking focus away from any input fields - making it impossible to enter data into input fields in the modal dialog. This problem is...