In PMF 522 most pop-up windows were removed from the application. In their place we use a technology called ModalBox. This is a tool that enables the application to open a virtual window without creating another instance of the browser that can be lost behind other windows. These virtual windows are modal to the application, and can be coded to either use only a cancel or close button, or click out of the virtual window to close.
To get this working, there is some environment setup in the HTML. Specifically there are 4 library includes to the ModalBox technology; modalbox.js, pmf_lib.js, scriptaculous.js, and prototype.js. For this article we will stick with what we see, and explain the rest in the next article.
the sample function we are creating, myModalForm()
, contains only one statement which calls the openModalForm()
function, as located in pmf_lib.js, sending 4 parameters. The first parameter is the FOCEXEC you want to drill to, which we have named example2.fex
. The second parameter won’t be used for this example. The third parameter is the information to be sent to the drill FOCEXEC. The fourth, and of most interest, is the ModalBox parameter block. With this block, you can change height, width, and title, and it will reflect in your example.
Try to make some changes to the options, or if you're motivated, you could add one that is not in use from the doc on their website for the tool (http://wiki.github.com/okonet/modalbox/methods-reference
The next issue will move into more of the where, why, and how of our calls to explain a bit more in depth. Post replies to any and all questions about this or any other topic you would like to see in future Developer Series postings.
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