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spacer.gif (807 bytes) Dynamic Drive DHTML Newsletter!
June 21st, 1999 Issue #6
Dynamic Drive URL: http://dynamicdrive.com

Welcome to the Dynamicdrive.com DHTML newsletter, the DHTML newsletter that keeps you informed on the latest updates to Dynamicdrive.com, and news on the DHTML technology!

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1) New DHTML scripts added to Dynamic Drive
2) DHTML news update: Netscape abandons "backwards compatibility"
in NS 5 (Gecko)

3) Fun with DHTML: IE 5 mocks NS with Easter egg
4) You're entered!
5) Give something back...link to Dynamicdrive.com!
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1) New DHTML scripts added to Dynamic Drive

-Floating image Script (http://dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex4/flyimage.htm)
Every now and then, we get people asking us "Just how is DHTML different- or better- then JavaScript?" To all of you who still can't see the distinction between a DHTML script and a Java-Script, and why DHTML represents the future of JavaScript, just take a look at this script. It takes in any number of images, and animates them freely across your screen, creating what we like to call "floating" images. Try recreating that effect using pure JavaScript...good luck, because you'll need it!

-Typing Text Script (http://dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex10/text5.htm)
We've just updated the old Typing Text script of IE 4+ so it doesn't inadvertently reveal the text anymore before typing it out. A little background on the script itself- It uses the ID.insertAdjacentText("beforeEnd", texthere) method of DHTML to output the specified chunk of text onto your page, character by character. This method works by determining what text is already inside a holding area (usually a <span> or <div>), and adding to it the text that's put inside the method's texthere parameter. The result is a cool typing text script that not only does what it should, but does so regardless of the size of the text. In other words, the script won't "choke" simply because the text it has to type out is extremely long. Check out the updated version of this script at the URL indicated above.


2) DHTML news update: Netscape abandons "backwards compatibility" in NS 5 (Gecko)

According to a recent article from CNET, the next version of Netscape (Gecko) will not be backwards compatible with the current DOM (Document Object Model) of neither IE 4 or it's own NS 4 browser. DOM essentially refers to the DHTML engine of a browser. AOL, Netscape's parent company, cited lack of time as the main reason for the decision to not implement support for the "two legacy proprietary DOMs." So what does this mean to you as a DHTML developer? If you're a developer, it means you'll probably need to rewrite current pages that contains IE 4/ NS 4 code to some degree if you wish for them to function in NS 5. Our guess is, things such as the <layer> tag, JavaScript CSS of NS 4, and other non W3C compliant DHTML functionality will all not be supported in NS 5. That is bad news indeed, and we urge all developers to keep a very close eye on this front. Read CNET's report, titled "AOL makes sacrifice to rush new browser", to learn more about the story: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,37774,00.html?st.ne.fd.mdh.ni


3) Fun with DHTML: IE 5 mocks NS with Easter egg

As most of you may know, there is currently a DOJ antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft. The US government alleges that Microsoft is a business engaged in monopolistic and unlawful practices, and wants drastic action taken against the software giant to put them to a halt (including the possibility of breaking up the company). At the center of it all is Netscape Corporation's allegations that Microsoft illegally gained browser market share by bundling IE with it's popular Windows OS, among other things. Obviously, tensions between Netscape and Microsoft are high, and the people at Redmond took every chance to get back at their detested rival (without getting into even more trouble with the DOJ, of course). One such stabs can be found in an Easter egg in IE 5. The Easter egg, when run, shows a Godzilla-like dinosaur (which represents Mozilla, Netscape's "mascot") coming out of an egg only to be crushed by a giant Microsoft IE5 logo. Poor Mozilla- it never even had a chance! To activate this Easter egg, do the following in your IE 5 browser:

1. Open IE5
2. From the menu bar, select Tools > Internet Options > General
(tab) > Languages (button)
3. Press 'Add'
4. Type: "ie-ee" (without the quotes) and click 'OK'
5. Move "User Defined [ie-ee]" to the TOP of the list
6. Exit back to where you can browse in IE5 again
7. Click on the Search icon (to pull up the side search menu)
8. Click the 'Customize' button in the side search menu.
9. Cover up your kids' eyes as the poor disnosaur is flattened.

Somebody enter this as additional evidence of Microsoft's unlawful practices please...


4) You're entered!

We appreciate greatly your subscription to the Dynamic Drive DHTML newsletter (which is the one you're currently reading, for those who aren't awake yet :-)). This newsletter will play an increasingly important role on Dynamic Drive as time goes by, featuring content that will not be found on the site itself. To show our appreciation to your subscription, we're giving away two hard copies of Webspice Deluxe to two lucky subscribers that will be chosen randomly one month from now. Webspice Duluxe is the ultimate web graphics package available, featuring 10 CDs packed with loyalty free clipart, animations, photos, and more, for use on your webpage. As a subscriber, you're automatically entered for the draw to win this great software package. You don't have to do a thing- nada. For complete sweepstakes rules, visit http://dynamicdrive.com/win.htm And by the way, prepare for more free goodies to come your way in the future. Simply remain a subscriber to the Dynamic Drive DHTML newsletter, and expect great things to happen, in more than one way, might we add!


5) Give something back...link to Dynamicdrive.com! As a user of Dynamic Drive, the most important thing you can do for us is probably to help us grow by letting others know about DD. One simple way to do that is by linking to us on your web site. Please refer to http://dynamicdrive.com/link.htm for more info. And thanks in advanced for your show of support!


This concludes the 6th edition of the Dynamic Drive DHTML newsletter. If you have a moment, please forward this newsletter to your friends and co-workers who may be interested in receiving it. See you again in issue 7!

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All- Script works with Netscape 4 AND Internet Explorer 4+
NS- Indicates script works with Netscape 4 (NOT NS 6 yet)
IE- Indicates script works with Internet Explorer 4 and above
NS6!- Temporary index set up on script category pages to indicate script works in NS6


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