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Getting an error with firebug: "unterminated string literal".  I know it's something simple...but I'm not seeing it:
var slideshow = '<script type="text/javascript">AC_FL_RunContent( \'codebase\',\'http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,28,0\',\'width\',\'350\',\'height\',\'234\',\'title\',\'Fire Sprinkler Images\',\'src\',\'preview\',\'quality\',\'high\',\'pluginspage\',\'http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash\',\'movie\',\'preview\' ); </script><noscript><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,28,0" width="350" height="234" title="Fire Sprinkler Images"><param name="movie" value="preview.swf" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><embed src="preview.swf" quality="high" pluginspage="http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="350" height="234"></embed></object></noscript>';

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by:HonorGod
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wouldn't it be easier to consistently use double quotes?
var slideshow = '<script type="text/javascript">AC_FL_RunContent( "codebase","http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,28,0","width","350","height","234","title","Fire Sprinkler Images","src","preview","quality","high","pluginspage","http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash","movie","preview" );</script><noscript><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,28,0" width="350" height="234" title="Fire Sprinkler Images"><param name="movie" value="preview.swf" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><embed src="preview.swf" quality="high" pluginspage="http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="350" height="234"></embed></object></noscript>';

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by:rowejd
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Yes - that's just the auto code generated by Dreamweaver.  Changed it, but still gives me the error.

here's the code in-context:
	function loadflash() {
		var slideshow = '<script type="text/javascript">AC_FL_RunContent( "codebase","http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,28,0","width","350","height","234","title","Fire Sprinkler Images","src","preview","quality","high","pluginspage","http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash","movie","preview" );</script><noscript><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,28,0" width="350" height="234" title="Fire Sprinkler Images"><param name="movie" value="preview.swf" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><embed src="preview.swf" quality="high" pluginspage="http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="350" height="234"></embed></object></noscript>';
	    document.getElementById("homeflash").innerHTML = slideshow;		
	}

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by:rowejd
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Sorry meant to do the whole thing...
<script type="text/javascript">
	window.onload = function () { loadflash(); }
	
	function loadflash() {
		var slideshow = '<script type="text/javascript">AC_FL_RunContent( "codebase","http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,28,0","width","350","height","234","title","Fire Sprinkler Images","src","preview","quality","high","pluginspage","http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash","movie","preview" );</script><noscript><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,28,0" width="350" height="234" title="Fire Sprinkler Images"><param name="movie" value="preview.swf" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><embed src="preview.swf" quality="high" pluginspage="http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="350" height="234"></embed></object></noscript>';
	    document.getElementById("homeflash").innerHTML = slideshow;		
	}
</script>

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by:rowejd
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Nice profile, by the way.  I'm a seminary student coding my way through school.  My majors were bible & biblical languages -- going for my MDiv now.
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by:HonorGod
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Cool.  Good luck on that.

Option #1 - do you get the "Element not found" message?
<script type="text/javascript">
  window.onload = function () { loadflash(); }
        
  function loadflash() {
    var slideshow = '<script type="text/javascript">AC_FL_RunContent( "codebase","http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,28,0","width","350","height","234","title","Fire Sprinkler Images","src","preview","quality","high","pluginspage","http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash","movie","preview" );</script><noscript><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,28,0" width="350" height="234" title="Fire Sprinkler Images"><param name="movie" value="preview.swf" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><embed src="preview.swf" quality="high" pluginspage="http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="350" height="234"></embed></object></noscript>';
    var home = document.getElementById( "homeflash" );
    if ( home ) {
      home.innerHTML = slideshow;         
    } else {
      alert( 'Element not found.  id="homeflas"' );
    }
  }
</script>

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by:HonorGod
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Option #2
<script type="text/javascript">
  window.onload = function () { 
    AC_FL_RunContent( "codebase","http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,28,0","width","350","height","234","title","Fire Sprinkler Images","src","preview","quality","high","pluginspage","http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash","movie","preview" );
  }
</script>
 
<noscript>
  <object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,28,0" width="350" height="234" title="Fire Sprinkler Images">
    <param name="movie" value="preview.swf" />
    <param name="quality" value="high" />
      <embed src="preview.swf" quality="high" pluginspage="http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="350" height="234"></embed>
  </object>
</noscript>

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by:rowejd
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Still no dice.  I see part of the javascript show at the top of my page.

Here's where I'm trying to use it.  I'm using the onload function simply because I want the rest of the page to load first and then the flash.

http://dime159.dizinc.com/~firespri/
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by:HonorGod
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Interesting, in the top of my FireFox 3, window (i.e., between the tabs, and the main page), I see:

'; var home = document.getElementById( "homeflash" ); if ( home ) { home.innerHTML = slideshow; } else { alert( 'Element not found. id="homeflas"' ); } }

So, presumably you are talking about option #1.  Right?
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by:rowejd
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correct.  I used option 1...but tried 2 as well and it gives me other errors.  I just can't figure out why option 1 wouldn't work though?
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Change line 12 to be:
var slideshow = '<script type="text\/javascript">AC_FL_RunContent( "codebase","http:\/\/download.macromedia.com\/pub\/shockwave\/cabs\/flash\/swflash.cab#version=9,0,28,0","width","350","height","234","title","Fire Sprinkler Images","src","preview","quality","high","pluginspage","http:\/\/www.adobe.com\/shockwave\/download\/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash","movie","preview" );<\/script><noscript><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http:\/\/download.macromedia.com\/pub\/shockwave\/cabs\/flash\/swflash.cab#version=9,0,28,0" width="350" height="234" title="Fire Sprinkler Images"><param name="movie" value="preview.swf" \/><param name="quality" value="high" \/><embed src="preview.swf" quality="high" pluginspage="http:\/\/www.adobe.com\/shockwave\/download\/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" type="application\/x-shockwave-flash" width="350" height="234"><\/embed><\/object><\/noscript>';

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by:rowejd
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No errors in the javascript now...but no flash content in the div?
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by:HonorGod
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Unfortunately, I don't know anything about Flash, or the function:

AC_FL_RunContent()
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by:rowejd
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Well...if you care to check it out -- here's what it looks like working:

http://clearlyconsulting.org   (temporary testing)

This is without any javascript onload functionality...same exact code, so it shouldn't have anything to do with that right?  Let me know what you think?
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by:rowejd
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Well, you were right about the AC_FL_RunContent() deal -- that's what was messing things up.

I took out the noscript tags and the AC function and just used the object tags and it worked fine.  Thanks for the help!
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by:rowejd
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Thanks so much --- totally forgot to consider the URL slashes needing to be escaped!
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Ah, that is excellent news!  I'm glad to have been of some help.

Thanks for the grade and the points.

Good luck, and have a great day.
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