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DHTML & CSS PopUp Edit Box

phonglong asked
Last Modified: 2008-02-07
hi, i've been trying to make a pop-up edit box come up whenever the user clicks on [+], and have that layer overlay next to the [+] sign.  The box needs to be next to the [+] sign and scale to any window size(so i don't think you can use absolute positions).  The problem i'm having is that the browser makes space for the box.

this is an example of where you would see the plus sign.[+]
then some other text or other page elements will go directly after.

click on the '[+]' and a white box should pop up 5 pixels to the right of the '[+]' sign.

only, the page is rendered so that it appears like this (take note of white space between the two lines):

this is an example of where you would see the plug sign.[+]

then some other text or other page elements will go directly after.

thanks for all the help!

Here's the code to help clear things up:

the javascript included in the file is simple:
//javascript goes here
function openBox ( name ) {

      var x = getObj(name);
      x.visibility = 'visible';


function closeBox ( name ) {

      var x = getObj(name);
      x.visibility = 'hidden';


//to get objects by name
function getObj(name) {
  if (document.getElementById) {
    return document.getElementById(name).style;
  else if (document.all) {
    return document.all[name].style;
  else if (document.layers) {
    return document.layers[name];
  else return false;



      <!-- Our Fun Title -->
      <!-- Define Meta Information -->
      <META NAME="Keywords"       CONTENT="KEYWORDS GO HERE">

      <META NAME="Author" CONTENT="Phong Long" LANG="english">
      <!-- CSS Stuff Here -->
      <LINK rel="stylesheet" href="./css/defaultStyles.css" type="text/css">      
      <!-- Javasciprt Import Here -->
      <SCRIPT TYPE='text/javascript' SRC='./js/adminFunctions.js' charset='utf-8'></SCRIPT>


<!-- the Main Table -->

            <TD COLSPAN=3 HEIGHT="10"></TD>
            <TD HEIGHT="100%">&nbsp;</TD>
            <TD HEIGHT="100%">
                  test test
<SPAN onclick="openBox('test')" onmouseover="style.color='green'" onmouseout="style.color='black'">[+]</SPAN>
                          <DIV id="test" CLASS="editBox">

                                <SPAN onclick="closeBox('test')" onmouseover="style.color='red'" onmouseout="style.color='black'">[x]<BR></SPAN>some test text

test test
            <TD HEIGHT="100%">&nbsp;</TD>
            <TD COLSPAN=3 HEIGHT="10"></TD>


<!-- end of website, include the footer -->


DIV.editBox      {
            position:            relative;
            height:                  200px;
            width:                  200px;
            visibility:            hidden;
            background-image:       url(../images/whiteAlpha.png);
            background-repeat:      repeat;
            z-index:            100;

SPAN            {
            color:                  #000;
            font:                  bold 8pt/10pt sans-serif;

TABLE.main      {
            border-collapse:      collapse;
            border-spacing:            0;
            height:                  100%;
            width:                  100%;

BODY            {      
            background:            #C0C0C0;
            margin-top:            0em;
            margin-bottom:            0em;
            margin-left:            0em;
            margin-right:            0em;
            height:                  100%;
            background-attachment:      fixed;
            background-image:       url(../images/);
            background-repeat:       no-repeat;
            background-position:       left center;
            cursor:                  default;
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