Category Archives: Javascript/DHTML

Popup Blocked Warning from Flash

I’ve noticed recently that some popup blockers will see even the target=”_blank” links as a popup. So that got me thinking about a good way to open a popup from Flash and detect if it was actually opened.

Rather than participate in the battle against popup blockers I come from the stance that popup blockers are a good thing and we shouldn’t try to find ways around them. Therefore, I think the best option is something the just warns the user if a link has been blocked. This is actually very simple with ExternalInterface. Continue reading

Free Article on JavaScript Integration in Flash 8

I just published a free article at Community MX today on the new JavaScript integration feature in Flash 8. It’s called External Interface and is a replacement to fscommand. The possibilities for External Interface far extend beyond simple JavaScript communication. This feature could prove to be the foundation for the next generation of projector tools like Zinc.

Use XML to Populate Dependant Select Lists

I have a new article that was recently published at Community MX titled Use XML to Populate Dependant Select Lists.

“Nearly everyone has seen the classic Dependant Select Lists. It’s a great user interface technique where you have two or more select form elements and the selection of one list changes the contents of the next list. This is commonly done with City and State selection interfaces. This tutorial will demonstrate how to build Dependant Select Lists and populate the lists using an XML data file.”