Passing parameters to function from within setTimeout ?

Hi all

I've got a SwitchMenu function that hides or shows a div tag onMouseOver...and I'm trying to introduce a delay of half a second or so ...but I can't seem to pass the 'sub3' parameter to the function correctly from my code ...can someone offer advice?

This is my code without the setTimeout:
            <div class="navHeaderCursorArrow" onMouseOver="SwitchMenu('sub3')">Secure Login</div>

works fine ...

Then i try adding the setTimeout:
            <div class="navHeaderCursorArrow" onMouseOver="setTimeout('SwitchMenu()', 1250, 'sub3');">Secure Login</div>

and not working at all :-(

btw SwitchMenu function is below:

                  function SwitchMenu(obj){
                        var el = document.getElementById(obj);
                        var ar = document.getElementById("masterdiv").getElementsByTagName("span"); // change
                              if( != "block"){ // change
                                    for (var i=0; i<ar.length; i++){
                                          if (ar[i].className=="submenu") // change
                                          ar[i].style.display = "none";
                           = "block";
                           = "none";
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Michel PlungjanIT ExpertCommented:
setTimeout does not work like that...


 <div class="navHeaderCursorArrow" onMouseOver="setTimeout('SwitchMenu(\'sub3\')', 1250);">Secure Login</div>

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msiedleAuthor Commented:
great :-)

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