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please explain how a javascript and img button works

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The website docmein.com gave me this widget to use on my website:
<script type="text/javascript" language="javascript"
src="https://docmein.com/app/widget/widget.nocache.js" ></script>
<img src="https://docmein.com/app/images/schedulenow.png"
id="newAppointment_XXXX" style="cursor:pointer">

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It creates a "Schedule Now" button that when clicked opens a scheduling window using my account. The XXXX above is replaced by my account id (it won't work with just xxxx.) If you need to see the code work, email me at nelsonh@nosuffering.com for my account id.

The code works but I do not see how the image connects to the javascript code and I would like to know how it is working.

I would also like to activate this with javascript and not display an image on my website if that is possible. What I would like to do is open the popup window in a frame with another frame next to that one with instructions.

I asked my contact at docmein.com but he is not a programmer and also does not know how it works. I would appreciate any guidance anyone could give me.

Thanks
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The js file is attaching an onclick event to the image based on the image id.
If you want to do it yourself you could for example use a div
<div id="newAppointment_1234" style="cursor:pointer">Click Me</div>
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by:thenelson
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Yes this worked:
<div id="newAppointment_1234" style="cursor:pointer">Click Me</div>

I loaded "https://docmein.com/app/widget/widget.nocache.js" into the address bar and did not see a getElementById reference but there was an include for another .js file.

I ended up creating a 1X1 pixel image for the image and created an onload event to click the image.

The popup window looks like it pops up as a type of alert box. Is there a way to put it into a frame so I could put instructions next to it?

I did create this page to test it (and show it to you): www.barnwellmd.com/test.html
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by:Gary
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Not really since it is thrown into a dialog - would probably start getting messy.
But it's too late for me know - post a comment here tomorrow to remind to come back to the question
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by:thenelson
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Sar1973,
I am familiar with the button and image objects. In this case the image object has no onclick event and yet, somehow, it activates a java script. I don't understand how it is doing that.

Ultimately, what I am trying to do is place the pop up dialog in a frame so I can provide the user with instructions next to the dialog box. You can see the popup dialog (with the instructions greyed out in the background) here:  www.barnwellmd.com/test.html
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by:Sar1973
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One chance could be that the onclick event of the button is followed by an onload event of another page; another possibility is that there are one or more other events assigned to the button (i.e.onmouseover) or to the body tag, so that they trigger other JS functions.
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