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Invisible Window?

Hi all,

maybe someone has  an idea how i can do the following:
on my homepage i'm creating i have a link to a guestbook. This guestbook
is a free one i signed up.
On my homepage i have a gif at the top and a navigation bar on the left side
created using <TABLE>. As the navBar is dynamic (onmousover...) for image switching i don't want to use frames.
But i want to 'insert' the guestbook into my page (keeping the NavBar and the pic on the top).
My idea is to open a kind of 'invisible window' (no extra window, directly
on/over my page) on my page and display the content (the guestbook) into
this window. Is there a possibility to achiev this using HTML/DHTML or
JavaScript?

T.I.A.
regards,
Ralf Pichler

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jbirkCommented:
With IE, you can use the wonderful IFRAME which displays a page with scroll bars and everything iinline with your document.  But netscape doesn't support that.  You can use layers with lots of code to get the scrollbars, but then if you click a lonk it changes the whole page not just the layer's source, unless you use your own code to change it.  Since you're using someone else's code for the guestbook, I'm guessing this is isn't possible...

The only other thing I can think of is to use frames.  Image rollovers aren't a big deal with frames.  I can help with that if you want...

-Josh
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jbirkCommented:
Netscape provides a little instruction on using scrollbars with layers:
http://developer.netscape.com/docs/examples/dynhtml/scrollable/index.html
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rpichlerAuthor Commented:
I'm not very experienced programming JavaScript or DHTML, i only know HTML.
Also, it should work both on IE and Netscape?
regards,
rpichler
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rpichlerAuthor Commented:
jbirk,

the frame is a good idea, but i have some JavaScript code in the code which does some image switching...(you can see a 'beta version on http://www.sonja-und-ralf,de -- sorry, german)

i think i'll should use the IFRAME method you described as this is the best for now.
Maybe i'll switch to another Geustbook service or chnage the layout of the homepage...

Thanks for the fst and very good answer, i'll give the points to you.
Let's rate!
Again, thanks and regards,
rpichler
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jbirkCommented:
Yeah, I think your page would be fine with frames.  You would want three rows, and two columns for the middle row.  The left navigation part will contain all of your image swapping code.  be sure to make all the links have a target="_top" command so all the frames get updated.

The image rollovers shouldn't be a problem.  Just be sure to put the image swapping code only on the frame which contains the images...

If you're unsure on how to set up the frames, I can help with that.

-Josh
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rpichlerAuthor Commented:
jbirk,

thanks for your great help you offered me but i'm familar using frames.
Thanx!
(maybe you'd like to visit our page some time later when its finished?!)
regards,
rpichler
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jbirkCommented:
Your welcome.  I assume your problem is solved then?  If you have any problems along the way feel free to ask:)

-Josh
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