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Old September 27th, 2002, 01:58 PM
Frederic Boije Frederic Boije is offline
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How do you do a "wait a moment" screen?

I really like the "wait a moment" function that you use in this site when you log in. How do you do it?

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Old September 27th, 2002, 03:09 PM
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Frederic,

I'm not sure if I understand you, but if what you're looking for is a page that automatically re-directs you to a specific page after logging in, what you need to do is use the re-direct option. You can make use of the re-direct function embedded within a meta tag:

<META HTTP-EQUIV="refresh" content="5;URL=http://www.yoursite.com/page_you_want_to_redirect.php">

The "5" represents the amount of time to wait... increase it to have a longer delay.
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Old September 29th, 2002, 09:17 AM
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OK. I see. The thing I am actually looking for is a smart way of displaying a heavy graphic page with approx. 60 thumbmail pictures, without letting the user wait too long.

So, let's say you give them a splash screen and loads the other page in the background. When the page is loaded - switch.

Is that doable i HTML / javascript in some way?

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Old September 29th, 2002, 05:10 PM
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hi there,

I came across this web page http://javascript.internet.com/page...eload-page.html which has JS for a layer to cover the page while it loads....

you can customise the message, so you could put "Please wait while the page loads" or something....

hope it's ok!
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Old September 29th, 2002, 07:03 PM
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without letting the user wait too long.
if your page is big, its still going to take a while to load. MOst people would rather see the page load, then tell them to wait. Since people like to know that the page is actually loading

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Old September 30th, 2002, 11:17 AM
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here's another thought... do you have to have 60 images on the one page?

why not have 5 or 10 then use next and previous page buttons to scroll through them??

that way the page will only take a few seconds to load...

the other option is to force everyone else in the world to upgrade to a faster connection!

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Old September 30th, 2002, 02:57 PM
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I think I´ll go for the force mode . Let´s force everyone on the planet to ungrade their connection!

No, seriously. I told the customer that it would be unnice to load all the images at once, but he insisted on it, so here we go again...

But, It´s not a CRUICIAL matter. I already told him it would be slowmow - but if there was a smart way to do it, I would implement it for this project.

I have some good ideas based on what you guys told me. Thanks for the tips!

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Old October 24th, 2002, 08:55 AM
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I am still pretty new to php but it sounds like you need a flash loader screen.

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Old October 24th, 2002, 06:01 PM
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what's a flash loader screen?!

sorry for my ignorance!!


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Old October 24th, 2002, 07:09 PM
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A flash loader screen is a flash movie with a loading bar or ammount left, etc,

like this

URL

A flash loader would be good, if the web site was done it flash, but it would be impractical, and the actuall page with the images, would have to be done in flash

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Old October 24th, 2002, 08:16 PM
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You could be really fancy and do this:
Use JS to load your images into an array, check the length of the array, and set the width of a div with a colored background to the percentage loaded. That way your visitors know it's going to take a while and have a meaningful visual reference that something is actually working.

All that, and if you're cool, your page will validate, too!

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Old October 24th, 2002, 08:37 PM
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personally, i hate loading screens on plain html pages (flash i kinda dont mind).

The problem is when you see a loading screen or loading bar, its telling you, that its going to take time to load the page.

I usually close the page, and move on, unless im really looking for something.

Im not trying to put you off (i hope) just giving you my opion on loading screens

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Old October 24th, 2002, 08:51 PM
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If you are using Dreamweaver, one of my developers uses a javaScript/DHTML extension that does what you need. It will load the page, or page frame first. After that it will show a progress meter where ever you want on the page that increments with each image loaded up to 100%. When all images are loaded, the images will be displayed. If you do not have access to DW, let me know, I will have my developer snag the source for you to use.....

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Old October 24th, 2002, 09:12 PM
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cant you just preload images and stick a waiting message?

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Old October 24th, 2002, 09:33 PM
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Ben,

Sure, I'm no fan of preloaders either. It's always bad design to have a huge page. But if it's necessary, which it seems to be in this case, then at least do it in style.

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Old October 25th, 2002, 01:54 PM
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DW Extension?

jpenn,

Why don't you go ahead and post that DW extension anyway in case another browser wanted to snag it and take a look at it.
Just post the link to where it can be downloaded.

Thanks

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Old October 25th, 2002, 03:21 PM
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Ok, here is the extension in its package, which requires the extension manager for DW for installation.....

Self explanatory if you are using DW.
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File Type: zip mx17547_preloadstatus.zip (4.9 KB, 641 views)

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Old October 31st, 2002, 01:03 AM
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do it in flash. make a flash thumbnail page and when they click on the
image it loads from a database.

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Old April 30th, 2004, 02:27 AM
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Smile Hey try this!!....I think this will do it for:)

Create the layer that appears as images load


Once you have all image layers in place and the timeline ready to go, you need a way to tell users what's happening as the images load in the browser. You may have several images in the sequence, and you don't want users staring at broken image icons. To solve this problem, create a text-only layer that covers the other layers until they're loaded.

To create a text-only layer:

1Create a new layer that is the same size as the image layers.The idea is to hide loading from the user. You can also make the layer cover the images and the button, or make it cover the whole page. 2With the cursor inside the layer, type the words "loading images, please wait . . . ."Apply any text formatting (such as color, alignment, and font) using the Property inspector.3Select the layer by clicking its name in the Layer inspector.4In the Property inspector, change the layer's name to Loading. Set its visibility to visible and its z-index to 1. Set its left and top coordinates to the same positions as the other layers.URLTo hide the loading layer when the page has finished loading: 1Use the tag selector at the bottom left of the Document window to select the BODY tag.2Choose Window > Behaviors to open the Behavior inspector. Select Show/Hide Layers from the Actions pop-up menu.3In the dialog box that appears, select the layer called Loading from the list and click Hide. Select the first image layer (Layer1) from the list, click Show and then click OK.4Save your document.5Choose File > Preview in Browser and select a 4.0 browser from the list.You must use a 4.0 browser; earlier browsers do not support layers.If you don't see the Loading layer, it means that everything loaded very quickly. Click the Forward button a few times to see your image sequence.

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