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change link style onmousedown, revert to previous style onmousedown of new link

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In the menu below, I would like the style of each link to change to italics onmousedown. I know I can implement this by using onmousedown="this.style.fontStyle=italic", but once a client clicks on another link the menu, how do I revert the link that was previous clicked to normal whilst the most recently clicked link switches to italics? The menu is constant. I don't move to new pages, I just load new content into a layer. Here's the menu code:
            <p>
                <a href="javascript:void(0)" class="menu"
                onmousedown="pageManager('load_page','content/page1.html')">
                Developer</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;
            <a href="javascript:void(0)" class="menu"
                onmousedown="pageManager('load_page','content/page2.html');>Current Project</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;
            <a href="javascript:void(0)" class="menu"
                onmousedown="pageManager('load_page','content/page3.html')">Conferences Db</a></p>
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Question by:GessWurker
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by:RealSnaD
ID: 18801177
What you can do is put an id on each link.

<p>
   <a id="link1" href="javascript:void(0)" class="menu"
       onmousedown="pageManager('load_page','content/page1.html')">
        Developer</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;
   <a id="link2" href="javascript:void(0)" class="menu"
       onmousedown="pageManager('load_page','content/page2.html');>Current             Project</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;
   <a id="link3" href="javascript:void(0)" class="menu"
onmousedown="pageManager('load_page','content/page3.html')">Conferences Db</a></p>
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by:RealSnaD
ID: 18801205
Oh sorry, accidentally clicked submit.

Ok so you put id on each link as shown above and then in your pageManager function  at the top do the following:

var i;
var howManyLinks = 3;
for(i = 1; i < (howManyLinks - 1); i++) {
   document.getElementById("link" + i).style.fontStyle = "normal";
}

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by:RealSnaD
ID: 18801238
Sorry, I mean:

var howManyLinks = 3;
for(var i = 1; i < (howManyLinks + 1); i++) {
   document.getElementById("link" + i).style.fontStyle = "normal";
}
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by:GessWurker
ID: 18801658
RealSnaD: It seems your code has the effect of changing all the links to normal, even the one that was just clicked. I want the one that was just clicked to remain italicized.
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by:RealSnaD
ID: 18801710
Take a look at this code. It does what you want:

<script language="JavaScript">
      function pageManager(obj) {
            var howManyLinks = 3;
            for(var i = 1; i < (howManyLinks + 1); i++) {
               document.getElementById("link" + i).style.fontStyle = "normal";
            }
            obj.style.fontStyle = "italic";
      }
</script>
<p>
      <a id="link1" href="javascript:void(0)" class="menu"
      onmousedown="pageManager(this)">Developer</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;
      <a id="link2" href="javascript:void(0)" class="menu"
      onmousedown="pageManager(this)">Current Project</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;
      <a id="link3" href="javascript:void(0)" class="menu"
      onmousedown="pageManager(this)">Conferences Db</a>
</p>

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by:GessWurker
ID: 18801801
No. doesn't work in my context. Here's the pagemanager code with your modifications. Unfortunately, the modifications make the code, which is also run onload, fail.

Here's the broken code:
function pageManager(obj) {
  var args = pageManager.arguments;
  switch(args[0]) {
    case "load_page" :
      content.top = (w3dom) ? 60  + "px": 60;
      if(ie4) {
        document.frames["frameData"].document.location = args[1];
      }
      if(w3dom) {
        document.getElementById("frameData").src = args[1];
      }
      if(ns4) {
        content.load(args[1],page.width);
      }
    break;
    case "page_is_loaded" :
      if(ns4) {
        sizeAnimator(content,page.width,content.htm.height);
      }
      clearTimeout(page_timer);
      page_timer = setTimeout("pageManager('display_page')",300);
    break;
    case "display_page" :
      if(ie4) {
        content.htm.innerHTML = document.frames['frameData'].document.body.innerHTML;
      } else if(w3dom) {
        content.htm.innerHTML = window.frames.frameData.window.document.getElementById('body').innerHTML;
      }
    break;
  }
var howManyLinks = 3;
for(var i = 1; i < (howManyLinks + 1); i++) {
   document.getElementById("link" + i).style.fontStyle = "normal";
}
obj.style.fontStyle = "italic";
}

Here's a sample page: that uses the code:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
   
<head>
<title> Dynamic HTML External Loading </title>
 <script type="text/javascript" src="overlib/overlib.js"><!-- overLIB (c) Erik Bosrup --></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="externalLoader.js">
</script>
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="content/example4.css" />
<meta http-equiv="imagetoolbar" content="no" />
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
</head>
    <body onload="defineObjects()">
    <div id="overDiv" style="position:absolute; visibility:hidden; z-index:2;"></div>
        <div id="contentLYR" style="text-align:center"></div>
        <iframe frameborder="0" width="100" height="100" id="frameData" name="frameData" scrolling="No" src=""></iframe>
        <div id="Layer1" class="c1" style="text-align:center">
            <p>
                <a id="link1" href="javascript:void(0)" class="menu"
                onmousedown="pageManager('load_page','content/page1.html')">
                Tom - Developer</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a  id="link2" href="javascript:void(0)" class="menu"
                onmousedown="pageManager('load_page','content/page2.html');this.style.fontStyle='italic'">Current Project</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;
            <a id="link3" href="javascript:void(0)" class="menu"
                onmousedown="pageManager('load_page','content/page3.html')">Conferences Db</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;
            <a id="link4" href="javascript:void(0)" class="menu"
                onmousedown="pageManager('load_page','content/page4.html')">Intranet Catalog</a>
                        </p>
    </div>
    </body>
</html>
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by:GessWurker
ID: 18801983
Then I tried adding a separate function

function italicizeMe(obj){
var howManyLinks = 4;
for(var i = 1; i < (howManyLinks + 1); i++) {
   document.getElementById("link" + i).style.fontStyle = "normal";
}
obj.style.fontStyle = "italic";
}

and altering adding an onmousedown event like so:

onmousedown="pageManager('load_page','content/page4.html');italicizeMe(obj)

No luck. Didn't work
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by:RealSnaD
ID: 18802002
First of all, don't forget to change

var howManyLinks = 3;

to the amount of links you have. In the example you posted it would be 4:


var howManyLinks = 4;

Secondly, function call should look like this for each link (you can change the parameters but don't touch the last one which is THIS):

onmousedown="pageManager('load_page','content/page1.html', this)"

Finally, change

function pageManager(obj) {

to whatever you had before but add obj as the last parameter.

Then it will work.
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RealSnaD earned 250 total points
ID: 18802013
As a separate function you almost right:

Change

onmousedown="pageManager('load_page','content/page4.html');italicizeMe(obj)"

to

onmousedown = "pageManager('load_page','content/page4.html');italicizeMe(this)"
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by:GessWurker
ID: 18802033
Eureka! Thanks. Points to you!!
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