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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2011

    Scroll using links

    I want to achieve the effect seen on the website http://scribbleandtweak.com/. When the link is clicked, the page scrolls down to the corresponding content. I have achieved this by using the Javascript attached below. However, I am having difficulty making the page scroll when a link is clicked inside another frame or div. Notice how on http://scribbleandtweak.com/ the header and navigation remains in view when the page scrolls. This is in essence what I wish to achieve. Any ideas? Thank you in advance.

    <script language="javascript">
    var ss = {
      fixAllLinks: function() {
        // Get a list of all links in the page
        var allLinks = document.getElementsByTagName('a');
        // Walk through the list
        for (var i=0;i<allLinks.length;i++) {
          var lnk = allLinks[i];
          if ((lnk.href && lnk.href.indexOf('#') != -1) && 
              ( (lnk.pathname == location.pathname) ||
    	    ('/'+lnk.pathname == location.pathname) ) && 
              (lnk.search == location.search)) {
            // If the link is internal to the page (begins in #)
            // then attach the smoothScroll function as an onclick
            // event handler
      smoothScroll: function(e) {
        // This is an event handler; get the clicked on element,
        // in a cross-browser fashion
        if (window.event) {
          target = window.event.srcElement;
        } else if (e) {
          target = e.target;
        } else return;
        // Make sure that the target is an element, not a text node
        // within an element
        if (target.nodeName.toLowerCase() != 'a') {
          target = target.parentNode;
        // Paranoia; check this is an A tag
        if (target.nodeName.toLowerCase() != 'a') return;
        // Find the <a name> tag corresponding to this href
        // First strip off the hash (first character)
        anchor = target.hash.substr(1);
        // Now loop all A tags until we find one with that name
        var allLinks = document.getElementsByTagName('a');
        var destinationLink = null;
        for (var i=0;i<allLinks.length;i++) {
          var lnk = allLinks[i];
          if (lnk.name && (lnk.name == anchor)) {
            destinationLink = lnk;
        if (!destinationLink) destinationLink = document.getElementById(anchor);
        // If we didn't find a destination, give up and let the browser do
        // its thing
        if (!destinationLink) return true;
        // Find the destination's position
        var destx = destinationLink.offsetLeft; 
        var desty = destinationLink.offsetTop;
        var thisNode = destinationLink;
        while (thisNode.offsetParent && 
              (thisNode.offsetParent != document.body)) {
          thisNode = thisNode.offsetParent;
          destx += thisNode.offsetLeft;
          desty += thisNode.offsetTop;
        // Stop any current scrolling
        cypos = ss.getCurrentYPos();
        ss_stepsize = parseInt((desty-cypos)/ss.STEPS);
        ss.INTERVAL =
        // And stop the actual click happening
        if (window.event) {
          window.event.cancelBubble = true;
          window.event.returnValue = false;
        if (e && e.preventDefault && e.stopPropagation) {
      scrollWindow: function(scramount,dest,anchor) {
        wascypos = ss.getCurrentYPos();
        isAbove = (wascypos < dest);
        window.scrollTo(0,wascypos + scramount);
        iscypos = ss.getCurrentYPos();
        isAboveNow = (iscypos < dest);
        if ((isAbove != isAboveNow) || (wascypos == iscypos)) {
          // if we've just scrolled past the destination, or
          // we haven't moved from the last scroll (i.e., we're at the
          // bottom of the page) then scroll exactly to the link
          // cancel the repeating timer
          // and jump to the link directly so the URL's right
          location.hash = anchor;
      getCurrentYPos: function() {
        if (document.body && document.body.scrollTop)
          return document.body.scrollTop;
        if (document.documentElement && document.documentElement.scrollTop)
          return document.documentElement.scrollTop;
        if (window.pageYOffset)
          return window.pageYOffset;
        return 0;
      addEvent: function(elm, evType, fn, useCapture) {
        // addEvent and removeEvent
        // cross-browser event handling for IE5+,  NS6 and Mozilla
        // By Scott Andrew
        if (elm.addEventListener){
          elm.addEventListener(evType, fn, useCapture);
          return true;
        } else if (elm.attachEvent){
          var r = elm.attachEvent("on"+evType, fn);
          return r;
        } else {
          alert("Handler could not be removed");
    ss.STEPS = 100;

    P.S. Feel free to suggest refinements to the Javascript attached above.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Well for now I can tell you that the site you referenced has 'position: fixed;' and 'top: 0px;' in the CSS for the header. This stops the header from scrolling with the page.

    I'm not sure from your post if that is your only problem but if not then a link to the page or a similar test page would be most helpful.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Thanks, after applying position fixed in the CSS, it worked.

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