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  1. Span might work, but I think div inserts a carriage return last I checked. Is it the case that <span>contents</span> won't do anything to the contents; it's "neutral", right?
  2. If I put a class attribute in the <tr> or <td> tags, in order to change the color or bold font, then the color of the black table-cell boarders will also change. I don't want to change the table, just the contents of each cell. So I think I have to put a tag on just the contents of each cell. So is there a neutral HTML element that I can put inside each cell that I can attach multiple classes inside? For example, can I do this: <a class="row1 column1 cell1"></a>cell 1 contents...?
  3. I was thinking more in the lines of a hash-table like this: var foo = '35'; // where 35 is the number of tenths of a second into the audio file. var cases = {}; cases['10'] = function() { code for 1.0s; }; cases['25'] = function() { code for 2.5s; }; cases['35'] = function() { code for 3.5s; }if(typeof cases[foo] == 'function') { // only executes for foo = 3.5 seconds. cases[foo]();} else { // default (the fallthrough)} Then only the code associated with a time to change text will execute, and nothing more. Of course I'd have to execute the if(typeof cases[foo] == 'function') { code every 10th of a second, or faster. This looks like what a jump table would do. But I'm not sure what the processor would do. Would a processor actually go through the list from top to the right case['35']? After all, a processor has to find cases['35'] out of all the possibilities, right?
  4. Yes, I know goto is not best practice, messy code, hard to follow, etc. But how else would one construct a vector jump table, that jumps to some address/label based on the offset into some table, i.e. based on some expression? Otherwise, I may have hundreds of decisions to make every 10th of a second. I don't know how much that may unnecessarily overwork the processor.
  5. What's wrong with setting a time interval and checking the currentTime() of the audio file every so often?
  6. So would I add a class="row1" to the first <tr> tag and then a separate class="column1", "2", "3" to each of the <td> tags in each of the 3 column, for example? Or don't the <td> and <tr> tags admit a class attribute?
  7. Yea, I know, alert()s would stop execution. Thanks. Now I wonder, if I'd like to highlight a column and separately highlight a row, how would I refer to each separately? Can I attach a div or type or class or id to each entry in the table and then get element by column name or row name?
  8. I'd like to execute code depending on some expression, and no other code than that. I don't want to go through a lot of checking before deciding whether or not to execute each section of code. I'd like to simply evaluate and expression, and depending on what it is go directly to the appropriate code. How do I do that?
  9. Suppose I'd like to jump out of a loop to a number of different places in the code. Each of those places start under a different label. Can I create a variable that somehow evaluates to the text of one of the label names and use that variable in the "continue label;" to jump to the code under that label? Or will continue only use the text of the label and not consider what text that label may evaluate to?
  10. Maybe a hash-table will work for me var foo = '35'; // where 35 is the number of tenths of a second into the audio file. var cases = {}; cases['10'] = function() { alert('I am A!'); }; cases['25'] = function() { alert('I am B!'); }; cases['35'] = function() { alert('I am C!'); }if(typeof cases[foo] == 'function') { // only executes if we've defined it above cases[foo](); // I am C!} else { // default (the fallthrough)} Then only the code associated with a time to change text will execute, and nothing more. Of course I'd have to execute the if(typeof cases[foo] == 'function') { code every 10th of a second, or faster.
  11. I want to use an audio file to explain a table. This will mean that I will use javascript to highlight text (change color, make bold) at certain time points in the audio. There could be 100 time points in the audio file where I will need to change text and put it back again. I probably need to check the audio file time stamp every third of a second in order to make the table entry blink on and off as I am talking about it. So I don't want to spend a lot of processor time going through a bunch of if-then statements until I match the right time interval. I'd like to simply execute code at the right time. What can I do? I wonder if I can add an event listener to watch for certain times in the audio. I haven't seen any reference to this on the web. Maybe I can use the switch-case statement. Here I can check the currentTime() every third of a second, average that time to the nearest tenth of a second, and make a case statement only for the times (labelled by the number of tenths-of-a-second) where I need to change things. But I don't know if the switch-case statement runs through all the possible cases before getting to the case statement that matches the time. Or does the switch-case simply jump to the right case depending on an expression. If not, is there any javascript structure that does jump to code based on expression? Or can I dynamically eliminate previous case statements from the code when done with them? Your help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  12. After I hyperlink to the background music page in a new window, what command can I put in a onclick button function of that new window to go back to the previous text window?
  13. It turns out that using window.open() to create a new window that is hidden in the background (even to play music) is frowned upon because it's called a popup. And many browsers default to blocking popups. I've tried everything to take the focus off the newly opened page (where the music is) and put the focus back on the original page (with the text). But nothing seems to work across all browsers. Plus I'd have to ask the visitor to enable popups for my site in order to do this. So I need to find another way. So perhaps I can create a button that is a hyperlink that opens link in new window. And then once the new window is open I can change the button to an onclick="myfunction()" that just displays this newly opened background music page so that the visitor can adjust the background. Can I change the button type with javascript from an <a href...> to an onclick="myfunction()"? I know you can add attributes later in the program with javascript. But I need to stay away from the window.open() statement because popups may be blocked. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
  14. I'm wondering, since javascript is interpreted by the user's browser at run time and not first compiled, should variables and functions be given the shortest possible names? Should I go through the code and able variable as v1, v2, v3, etc., and functions as f1, f2, f3, etc? Would this make the javascript run faster?
  15. Thank you, justsomeguy, The problem is that my current pages have been around awhile and many may have links to particular text pages. So I'd like to not generate an error for them if I now make all the pages only accessible from the url of a parent page. So my inclination at this time is to simply open a new page from the text pages, not as an iframe, but as an entirely new independent page that will stay open even during text page transitions. I've seen this done before where I have to go and separately close the newly created window after closing the creating window. This new page will have the audio in it, and I can communicate settings using cookies. I think I already know how to do all that. Thanks for all your help.
  16. Wouldn't I have to open the parent first before opening the child which has the text? Then what URL do I instruct people to link to, the parent or the child? I'd like them to go directly to the child with the text so that the parent with the audio is not even noticed by visitors (if possible). Can I actually open a parent iframe from within a child? I hope you can see my confusion about this.
  17. From what I"ve seen on the net. I'm not sure what code would be browser independent. I'm trying to get things to work in IE11, Firefox, and Chrome. I've already got cookies and controls working in these browsers. But I don't know about iframes. If I had sample code I could try to open a parent and control, say, some text element in the parent from the child, I would probably go with that. If you can't easily cut and paste some code here, what search terms would I look for to google this? Thanks much.
  18. Is there a slow morphing code from one background pic to another? Thanks. Actually I found this, which seems to work well: http://jsfiddle.net/v4BMC/
  19. Is there a way to have the background image fade in and out to a white plain background? Hopefully there are statements to that effect that I can employ. Is there a way to anchor the background image at, say, the upper right corner of the page, no matter how the user sizes the window? I hope there is because this would make editing very easy. Thanks.
  20. learning curve. The only thing I would have to learn about my suggestion would be how to open a new window, which sounds kind of easy compared to learning about iframes. The only problem I see with my suggestion is what happens with slow connections, how long do a wait with the background page playing before deciding to shut it down. Another problem might be what happens if a user opens more than one text page. But then again perhaps iframes are not that hard to learn.
  21. Again cool! I think I'm on my way to creating a decent website. Thanks lots
  22. How about this: When I click the button to start the background music in the original page, it opens another page in a new window. This new window will continue to be open and operate even if the original window closes, right? Then I communicate between the two windows with cookies. The original page can set cookies every 500ms according to how loud and whether the background should play. And the background page can fetch the cookies every 500ms to set user preferences. If the original page should be closed and no longer update cookies, then the background page can detect this lack of updating and close as well. Does anyone see a problem with this idea? Thanks.
  23. Does this allow me access to the <audio> elements in the parent from inside the child? How would I possibly close the parent without also closing the child? Thanks again. This is all very constructive.
  24. Does this mean that the code on each page should not refer to the separate js script before the js file loads? Do I have to somehow stop execution of code until the js file loads? When does the js file load, when it is called for in a page? Or does it load after it is done loading the present page? Thanks again.
  25. I have the page being refreshed from the server each time it is accessed. Otherwise it takes two button clicks to start audio if it is arrived at by a back or forward or refresh button. The first button click restarts the code and places the page at the top. Then the second click starts playing audio and scrolling. So I wonder if I would be downloading a new copy of the separate js file with every access of the page or with every press of the refresh button? Is this right?
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