How do they do this banner ad?

Hi.  I really like the banner ad found here:

http://www.sql-server-performance.com/articles/dev/encryption_2005_1_p1.aspx

(top right).  I know that it is flash, but is there a way for me to do this without flash?  At least the page "leaf" container?  I would like to be able to display either a rotating slideshow of 5 banner adverts, or a single flash movie using this method.

I would like to use CSS entirely if possible, without javascript (or at least a decent fall-back for non-js browsers) and definately without flash (I need to build this into our existing CMS system with relative ease).

Thanks,

TheFoot
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Barry JonesAsked:
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David BruggeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
That banner is pretty neat.

There are two parts to the banner. One is the simple animation that happens on pageload, and yes, it could be done as an animated gif.

The other part is where the page folds down on mouse-ove. That part needs more sophisticated animation (read that java/flash) unless you are willing to settle for a "rollover" type window that is either "peeled back" on mouse-over or "closed" on mouse-out with no animation in between mouse states.

If you are going to try and reproduce the larger "mouse-over" aspect of the banner with a animated gif, it will make for a relatively large file.

I want to see if when you get it done.
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Ryan ChongConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You can try make it as a Animated GIF file, so that it animate and without javascript constraint.

Make sense to you?
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Barry JonesAuthor Commented:
Yes I understand.  But I need to dictate what ads are shown inside the folding leaf, through ASP.  A web based admin system is used to manage the banner ads.  Therefore the script that displays the ad "leaf" will retrieve the actual advert binary from the database, and then display it inside the "leaf".  

I was thinking along the lines of; the folding leaf is actually a <div>, and its contents is whatever object is the banner ad (images, flash movie etc).  Maybe playing around with the overlap and scrollbars of the <div> could achieve the hidden effect, but the transition of the div "peeling back" would need to be done in javascript yes?

How do I do that?

Thanks, TheFoot
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David BruggeCommented:
opps, you got your reply up before I got mine.
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David BruggeCommented:
I would make a div that is positioned off of the page, and use the mouse-over to reposition it. You can learn  about this technique by searching for CSS drop-down menu tutorials
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Barry JonesAuthor Commented:
Hi D Brugge, thanks for your ideas.  Maybe I should set my sights a little lower for now.. and go with the roll-over type effect.  I could use javascript to perform the transition of the div down and left into the page, revealing the ad, and to hide it.  Non-js browsers would just see the css version; a quick opening without any slides or transitions.  And I guess if they dont have css enabled, then I'm shit outta luck! :)

I really like the reflection effect on the reverse of the page leaf.. but maybe I'll leave that for another day.. lol

Thanks, TheFoot

PS.  I dont plan to start coding this for another 4 weeks or so, but Ill post the URL here (if I can) when it is done.
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