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  1. #1
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    May 2011

    Question JS Array Not Passing through Function

    I am coding a site for a friend who wants an image slideshow on her homepage. I've written a function that requests an array and that should pull in the images at timed intervals. Here is a snippet of the default.js code.

    var nImg = 0;
    function slideShow(arr)
    	// This changes the image
    	var fullPath = document.getElementById('img').src;
    	var lastnum = fullPath.lastIndexOf("/") + 1;
    	var parentFolder = fullPath.slice(0, lastnum);
    	var newImg = parentFolder + arr[nImg];
    	document.getElementById('img').src = newImg;
    	// This tests to see if it should loop back to the first image
    	if (nImg == arr.length - 1)
    	{ nImg = 0; }
    	{ nImg = nImg + 1; }
    	var reset = setTimeout("slideShow(" + arr + ")", 6000);
    Here is the snippet from the homepage that should call the function:

    HTML Code:
    <script type="text/javascript" runat="server">
    	var arrHome = new Array("dress1.jpg", "dress2.jpg", "dress3.jpg", "dress4.jpg", "dress5.jpg", "dress6.jpg", "dress7.jpg");
    However, the array will not pass through the function. If I create an array within default.js, it works fine. The problem lies with trying to pass in an array from the HTML. Granted, I could just work in the JS and not worry about the HTML. However, there are two problems:
    1. Once I've finished coding this site, I want my friend to manage it herself. I do NOT want her touching the JS.
    2. I would like to be able to use this script on several pages, using different arrays.

    An alternate solution I've thought of is using JS to browse the contents of a directory and use any and all images located in that folder. I know I did this with PHP once; is there a similar code in JS?

    Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

  2. #2
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    Jul 2008
    urbana, il
    var reset = setTimeout(function(){slideShow( arr )}, 6000);
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  3. #3
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    May 2011
    Such a simple solution! Thanks so very much!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    If your source file paths are identical except for the number, and they are sequential, just replace the image number with the next.

    function slideShow(min, max){
        var fullpath= document.getElementById('img').src, newImg;
        if(typeof min== 'number'){
            slideshow.min= min;
            slideshow.max= max;
            slideshow.count= min-1;
        if(++slideshow.count> slideshow.max) slideshow.count= slideshow.min;
        newImg= fullpath.replace(/\d+\.jpg/, slideshow.count+'.jpg';
        document.getElementById('img').src= newImg;
        slideshow.reset= setTimeout(slideShow, 6000);
    window.onload= function(){
        slideShow(1, 7);
    You would only need to handle an array if they were not named as sequential strings, or had different paths.

    function slideShow(arr){
        var fullpath= document.getElementById('img').src, newImg;
        fullpath= fullpath.substring(0, fullpath.lastIndexOf('/')+1);  
        // if they are in the same folder -otherwise, pass and set the whole path from the array
        if(arr.constructor== Array){
            slideshow.pics= arr;
            slideshow.count= -1;
        if(++slideshow.count== slideshow.pics.length) slideshow.count= 0;
        newImg= fullpath+slideshow.pics[slideshow.count];
        document.getElementById('img').src= newImg;
        slideshow.reset= setTimeout(slideShow, 6000);
    window.onload= function(){
        slideShow(["aline.jpg", "mini.jpg", "maxi.jpg", "sheath.jpg", "sari.jpg", "wedding.jpg", "lilblack.jpg"]);
    //It's good to be able to pause and restart a slideshow:
        document.getElementById('img').onclick= function(){
                delete slideshow.reset;
            else slideShow();
    Last edited by mrhoo; 05-11-2011 at 11:26 AM. Reason: seqential

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