View Full Version : Help - External Data Marquee

11-28-2011, 02:54 PM
I have designed a display for a school i work at that uses the External Data Marquee script, which worked great in a frame, but since adding a youtube video in another frame on the same page, when the video starts, it some times locks, or makes the scrolling text overlap or stop all together until the video finishes, help! Is there any other code that suport reading a text file for the scrolling text that will work along side a youtube video? Thanks

link http://dl.dropbox.com/u/18387894/web/MAIN.HTM

11-28-2011, 04:25 PM
Please post about Dynamic Drive Scripts in the Dynamic Drive Scripts Help section here where I've moved this thread, and:

Warning: Please include a link to the DD script(s) in question in your post. See this post (http://www.dynamicdrive.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7) for more information.

That's the External Data Source Marquee:


and it only works in IE, so is a poor choice to begin with.

As to your question though, Flash and javascript sometimes have issues in some or all browsers. It depends upon the particular Flash and the particular javascript. In this case it appears it might be a bandwidth issue. The Flash video takes a lot of bandwidth to download. While that's happening, the marquee's contents may be put on hold. And you have two marquees. Also in this case, once the data (text) for a marquee is downloaded, it's displayed in a marquee tag. The marquee tag's ability to coexist well with a running Flash video may also be a problem here in some versions of IE and/or on some computers.

If it's any consolation, in IE 9 on my relatively fast internet connection, it seemed to work OK.

As a matter of esthetic's though, just my opinion but I'm sure it's shared by many - the page is too busy. I don't know what to look at. And it seems like everything is going by too fast, two marquees and a video to take any of it in. If it were me, I'd try putting the marquees each on separate pages, pages that each have some regular text content, you know the sort of thing - talking about the school, it's goals, objectives and achievements, faculty, awards, that sort of thing. Maybe have the video on a separate page.

You could try:


Another one to try is:


These are both cross browser at least. But that's no guarantee that they'll work well with your Flash in all or even any browsers. They would potentially have the same competition for bandwidth issues as the IE only script you're currently using. And although they don't use the marquee tag, the javascript they do use to display their content might also have problems coexisting with a running Flash video.

11-28-2011, 06:58 PM
Thanks thats a great help, i didn't explain properly, this is not a website, it used as a large display screen for vistors to the school for information, and to giving them something to look at whilst waiting, so there is no user interaction. The two scrolling text are so the head teacher can update these with ease from a text file to change to content. Will have a rethink!

11-28-2011, 07:03 PM
As i have the orginal videos is there another way i can display them?

11-28-2011, 08:11 PM
Does that mean that there's just one place or just a few places this can be seen and that you control the browser being used?

If so, we could try hosting the video on your machine, that would greatly reduce the bandwidth required to display it. It would mean too that we could be guaranteed of having IE as the browser. Another thing we could try is making the marquees load before the video.

Before I start coding something like that, is it the case that this is not on the internet and that you control where and with what browser it's seen?

Oh, and what form are the original videos in?

11-29-2011, 04:58 PM
Yes that is correct, its only seen in one place from a local pc, the pc is on the internet, the video is a mp4 i belive, trouble is i only have XP installed, we dont have the money for a Windows 7 License so i'm stuck with IE8 max on that machine, thanks for help!

11-29-2011, 05:40 PM
Just tried adding a wmv with a windows media player extension, but with the scrolling text the video fails to start, if i run the html page with the wmv on its own it works great, back to square one!

11-29-2011, 06:41 PM
Give me a link to a demo of:

Just tried adding a wmv with a windows media player extension, but with the scrolling text the video fails to start

I might be able to tweak it for you.