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I have created a webpage that shows 6 TV monitors and 6 respective remote controls to change the channel of the TV. It uses Javascript to achieve all this. You can see it at:
http://members.unrestricted.net/crimsan/tests/netmov.htm

* My brother posted a message about problems he was having with the site but wasn't fortunate enough in getting a solution.

We are looking to have these TV sets show multi-frame animation in them (via many JPGs or other) and to allow the user to change channels to show different movies in the monitors.  We want to have 6 TV sets so that the user can turn on more than 1 TV to watch more than one movie.

If you play with the webpage I mentioned above you'll see that some channels show TV-SNOW while other channels (top right TV, channel 1) shows an actual movie animation.  The webpage is exactly what we want.  You're probably saying if I already have this webpage WHY am I asking a question here?

The problem is COMPATIBILITY and CRASHING.  We want to achieve the same results (or "cleverly" imitate it) but have total compatability with Netscape 2-4.0 and MS-Explorer 3-4.  Presently it is compatible with Netscape 3-4 and IE4, however it "strangely" crashes with Netscape 3 and Netscape 4.  This just isn't acceptable!

My challenge goes out to ANYONE who can "imitate" the webpage mentioned above yet having compatibliity with Netscape 2-4 and IE 3-4.  Or at least compatiable with Netscape 3-4 and IE 4 and ABSOLUTELY "no crashing" for any of the browsers.

We have been thinking of using INVISIBLE FRAMES around each TV monitor and when a channel is clicked it calls an HTML webpage that has a META refresh and <IMG> tag with ONLOAD. The REFRESH calls the next image in the sequence and so it looks like an animation is occuring in the TV monitor.  Problem: we want the 6 TV monitors which all don't fit on a single browser display (you must scroll).  Since we're using frames, a single scroll bar to scroll the entire page to see more TV monitors is not possible.

Another solution: use Javascript to replace the image in the monitor with the next image in the sequence.  Thi is our present method and is not compatibale with Netscape 2 or IE 3 and actually crashes Netscape 3 and sometimes 4.  Check out out webpage

If you can think of a method on literally imitating the webpage (multi images to create animation in a localized area -- 6 different locations) we already have so that it is compatible with Netscape 2-4 and IE 3-4 or at least uncrashable in any browser then YOU ARE A GOD.  I have worked on this problem for weeks now and nothing.  Maybe a solution is in a CGI returned header MIME TYPE, simple HTML/META and frames (maybe I missed something), etc ?

I NEED A SOLUTION!!  And I can feel there is one...

Good luck.  Let's see if you can get the answer before me!
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For the multiframe animation, just us a animated Gif.
To convert JPGs to GIFs, just download Graphics Workshop of LVIEW Pro from the web.
To animate, get the free MS GIF animator.
just add a few frames of TV SNOW to the beginning of each channel.

If you want to use that frames idea, why not make available a popup remote control. I could design that for you.

As for the 6 screens, you could have it open more popups, or something like that.

This would avoid using much javascript. The problem you are having is Netscape's and Microsoft's fault. Netscape uses standard Javascript, while IE uses JScript, which is not a standard implementation of Javascript. You probably built it with JScript statements, which is what make Netscape hang. But popups are the same in both, so my solution would work.

700 points are just too many to resist. This has to be the most valuable question ever.


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To do what I mentioned I could use the zipped contents of your pages send to me at ndnet@eudoramail.com as an attachment.
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