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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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This allows us to put browser objects in all scripts, and use them only when our detection code gets around to it: Think about an HTML document.

Having to create a whole batch of new elements and text nodes — appending the text nodes to their elements, the elements to each other, and the top element to the page — is something of a laborious process.

Clicking any link will open that link in a new window if the box is checked. Finally, we looked at a few events in detail, and saw some simple examples of how code can attach to those events and improve the user experience on sites that employ these techniques.

Should the bottom-right corner of the full-sized image be in the top-left corner of the viewing area? We’ll review the code first, then see a demonstration before we get to the explanation.

I added lots of extra indenting so that you can compare this snippet with the matching DOM tree. The most obvious example is clicking a link: We do not say:. There are lots of reasons. Sticking to valid HTML means that any problems you find are deemed to be bugs in that browser — bugs that you may be able to work around. It would be nice to be able to grab the Yahoo! Failing thatwe attach the event listener directly to the element, as an event handler; this is required for IE5 on Macintosh.


Modern Web Design Using JavaScript & DOM

Every property of an element, and every CSS style that can be applied to it, can be set from JavaScript. The precise properties that are available will depend on the type of event in question, but the most useful properties are listed in Table 3. It also mentions beer quite a lot and has marvellous quotations at the beginning of each chapter. The DOM standard specifies a method, named preventDefaultthat achieves this, but again, Internet Explorer implements its own proprietary technique.

If the cursor moves 50 pixels left, the big image will move pixels left: Clicking on the link will cause that link to fire a click event.

Editors are a very personal tool, and you might have to kiss a fair few frogs before you find your prince in this regard, but a good editor will seriously speed and simplify your coding work. Take some example figures: Let’s see how the page works. Therefore, to walk through a tree, you can use a series of steps, for example:. The event is specified as a string, which is the modern name of the event i. The function does the following:. We can apply this effect dutml tables in an HTML document dutml event listeners.

Errors should not be shown to the user: Alternatively, if ethe passed-in parameter, exists, and e. Trees of nodes turn up a lot in computing, because, among other things, they have a very utopiaa property: Events have two further important properties: This returns a copy of the node, including all its attributes and all its children. Key codes in the DOM are a standards mess! Many of the items within a Website are really dhttml Instead, it offers a proprietary and different way to hook up event listeners and gain access to event data.


This makes your job as Website developer much easier. Looking at the above code may make this clearer.

DHTML Utopia: Modern Web Design Using JavaScript and DOM

But what if you want to add a lot of dynamic content to a page? When the user mouses over the thumbnail, that thumbnail could become a “viewing area” in which a snippet of the full-sized image is shown.

In general, an attribute that can be applied to a tag in your HTML is also gettable and settable as utopoa property on a node from JavaScript. While the set of rules is pretty complex, you can ensure that your HTML is valid by following a few simple guidelines. We add our mouseover and mouseout event listeners fhtml the standard approach.

You should be able to spot four of them. Consider this HTML snippet:.

We need to know whether each link is of class rollover. Therefore, they will not run dutml code enclosed by the if statement; nor will they display an error. If the method does exist, we continue:. The getElementById method is defined only on a document, not on any arbitrary node.