scrolling text

Client wants to have scrolling news (text) at the top of their site.  I don't care for scrolling text. I find it distracting when trying to read the website copy.  What is RSS?  Is that something I can recommend as an alternative?  Client is a national non-profit organization.
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d4durveshCommented:
yes RSS in place of scrolling text may be best alternative , rss sends daily updates to respective users' email while scrolling text only shows new updates when user visit your website.

know rss better ,
http://www.whatisrss.com/

also check tutorial for scrolling text,
http://www.mioplanet.com/rsc/newsticker_javascript.htm
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nap0leonCommented:
Since the RSS feed needs to appear somewhere, you could use the RSS feed to populate the links that go into the scrolling text... (this way you get to learn more about RSS and the client gets the content displayed prominently on their website).
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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
I think nap is on the right track.  You can process and style the RSS feeds server side with very little effort.  Then you just cache the pre-formated news links in an include file.  The coding then becomes trivial, and you always have fresh content.  

The one thing I would do is try to convince your client that swapping headlines in and out of of a box is better than scrolling text, which uses more CPU and generally will be considered a distraction by most visitors to the site.


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nap0leonCommented:
Thumbs up for swapping headlines!

Imagine a photo gallery that automatically fades out one picture for another... now mentally replace the pictures with headlines.  Or where the images slide in from the right every 5 seconds... but, again, with headlines instead of pictures.
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
I like the RSS swapping out headlines idea.  I only know html.  Is this going to be a problem?  Is there a "kit" I can buy to do this?
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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
I don't normally recommend jquery, but this is one of those rare occasions where it is appropriate.  Nap likes to play with jquery, so he can probably show you were to get the plugin you need and how to do the code.  It is not complicated, and I think if you only know HTML, it will be a better route than trying to do it with straight javascript.


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nap0leonCommented:
To add jQuery to your page, you can either download the library or access it from any of several sites on the internet.

The line you add to your <head> in the HTML looks like this:
<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.7.1/jquery.min.js" type="text/javascript" ></script>

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Here is a sample from the jQuery site that shows "scrolling up".  IMO, this text just looks lame, but it could easily be reformatted to look pretty.  
http://docs.jquery.com/Tutorials:Scroll_Up_Headline_Reader

If you want the text to slide in from the side, you would change the lines for ".animate" from "top" to, say "left" and then the old headlines would scroll left.  You would need to update the CSS as well.  Google stuff like "jQuery animate" for lots of demos, etc.
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