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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Simple Write Out (With optional RegEx)

An alternative to all the official solutions is instead of passing through a list of parameters and attributes for the width, height, bgcolor etc which the receiving JavaScript function then needs to join together again, is to simply pass the entire <object> to a JavaScript function that writes it back out to the screen.

The JavaScript function for this is very simple:
function ieoutput(theText){
document.write(theText);
}

The tricky part comes with replacing the <object> tag with a call to the JavaScript function, and including it in a <noscript> tag too, to allow for browsers with javaScript disabled.

So that the final code looks like:

<script type="text/javascript">echocontent('<object ...' +
'your code' +
'your code' +
'</object>')
</script>
<noscript>
<object ...
your code
</object>
</noscript>

As a short cut, we can use the Regular Expression Search and Replace feature of TextPad.

For the normal 7 lines of HTML code for Flash we can search for:
\(.*\)\n\(.*\)\n\(.*\)\n\(.*\)\n\(.*\)\n\(.*\)\n\(.*\)


And replace with:
<script type="text/javascript">ieoutput('\1'
\+\n '\2' \+\n '\3' \+\n '\4' \+\n '\5' \+\n '\6' \+\n
'\7')\n</script>\n<noscript>\n&\n</noscript>


If you have a different number of lines in your <object> the Regular Expression can be changed accordingly.

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