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deyesborn
11-09-2010, 12:14 AM
1) Script Title: Translucent slideshow Script

2) Script URL (on DD): http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex14/translucentslide.htm

3) Describe problem: I want to save the translucent slideshow script in an external file and reference it within the head or body or both.

I have tried different method but it did not work. I want to use the code on many pages and I don't want to be adding them on every pages.

I have tried something like the one below and other methods, but it did not work:

<html>
<head>
<title></title>
<script type="text/javascript" src="external-file.js"></script>
</head>
<body>
<script type="text/javascript" src="external-file.js">
</script>
</body>
</html>

Please what should I add in the body section here I want the slide to be so that it can reference the external file for the javascript to work.

jscheuer1
11-09-2010, 04:17 AM
Well you should only have one external script tag to the external-file.js file. It should be where the script would have been. In this case that would be in the body. Making scripts external is fairly easy. But there are guidelines:


Use a text editor to save the script, call it 'file_name.js' where 'file_name' can be any valid file name of your choosing. Substitute the name of your external .js file for some.js in the below:


<script src="some.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Common problems arise when:

1 ) The script file is not in the directory specified. In the above example it must be in the same directory as the page(s) that use it. Below, it can be in the scripts directory off of the root of a domain:


<script src="http://www.somedomain.com/scripts/some.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

2 ) Opening, closing and/or 'hiding' tags are left in the external file. This means that you must strip:
<script>
<!--and
//-->
</script>and any of their many variations from the beginning and end of the external file.

3 ) The external call (<script src="some.js" type="text/javascript"></script>) is not inserted into the page at the correct spot. The external call must be inserted at the same place on the page where the script was/would have been.

4 ) Paths to other files (if) used by the script are no longer valid due to its location. This is only a problem if the external script is kept in a different directory than the page it was working on when it was an internal script. To correct this, use absolute paths inside the script. Absolute path examples:


http://www.somedomain.com/images/button.gif

http://www.somedomain.com/~mysitename/index.html

5 ) Inappropriately combining two or more scripts into one external file. Usually external scripts can be combined if one knows enough about scripting to do so properly. Even then it is possible to overlook something.

A rule of thumb when testing is, if it won't work on the page, it won't work as an external file either.

One other thing, if this is a DD script or any script that requires the credit remain for legal use, include the credit in the on page call, ex (see usage terms (http://www.dynamicdrive.com/notice.htm) for more info on this, especially item 4 from the terms):


<script src="some.js" type="text/javascript">
/***********************************************
* IFrame SSI script II- Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (http://www.dynamicdrive.com)
* Visit DynamicDrive.com for hundreds of original DHTML scripts
* This notice must stay intact for legal use
***********************************************/
</script>

Make sure to retain all the 'decorations', as these include begin and end javascript comment delimiters, without which the script won't function.

There is also info here:

http://www.javascriptkit.com/javatutors/external.shtml

If you want more help:

Please post a link to a page on your site that contains the problematic code so we can check it out.