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Call overLIB url from XML as external function?

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I'm working on an AnyGantt application and am trying to find a way to call overLIB as an external function that is launched when an object is clicked on the Gantt chart. AnyGantt is xml based and supports two click event actions: NavigateToURL and Call. NavigateToURL cannot be used because the overLIB URL would have to be entered in CDATA notation, and that notation cannot be used for attributes in XML, which leaves the Call function.

Can anybody suggest, with a simple example if possible, a way to embed an overLIB call in an external js function so that the AnyGantt xml could use something like

<action type="call" event="click" function="[name of overlib JavaScript function]" />

?

If it is possible in principle to do this, I'm not sure what the js function containing the overLIB call would look like.
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After some experimentation and consultation with overLIB expert Robert Boughner I have found that it is indeed possible to execute an overLIB call in a JavaScript function. Just put the overLIB call, minus the html, in the function, using the required overLIB syntax/punctuation:

<script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">
function ol()
{
return overlib('<a href=\'http://www.bosrup.com/web/overlib/\'>Popups by overLIB</a>', RELX, 200, RELY, 400, STICKY, CAPTION,'Sticky!');
}
</script>

The ol() function executes when called by the external event and returns a popup as specified in the overLIB call. The only difference is that in this scenario overLIB does not know where the cursor is, so the popup will not be automatically displayed next to the cursor. This can be handled by using RELX, RELY in the overLIB call to specify a display location for the popup.
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After some experimentation and consultation with overLIB expert Robert Boughner I have found that it is indeed possible to execute an overLIB call in a JavaScript function. Just put the overLIB call, minus the html, in the function, using the required overLIB syntax/punctuation:

<script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">
function ol()
{
return overlib('<a href=\'http://www.bosrup.com/web/overlib/\'>Popups by overLIB</a>', RELX, 200, RELY, 400, STICKY, CAPTION,'Sticky!');
}
</script>

The ol() function executes when called by the external event and returns a popup as specified in the overLIB call. The only difference is that in this scenario overLIB does not know where the cursor is, so the popup will not be automatically displayed next to the cursor. This can be handled by using RELX, RELY in the overLIB call to specify a display location for the popup.
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This solves the problme
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