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Updating text during an event

From: Harmon S. Nine <hnine@netarx.com>
Date: Wed, 09 Oct 2002 15:47:59 -0400
Message-ID: <3DA487EF.6030402@netarx.com>
To: www-svg@w3.org

Hi all.

Does anyone have a better solution for doing this?

I'm using the adobe SVG and was wondering how to display text in an SVG 
document that indicates that a given (relatively long) task is in 
progress and the user should wait ...

He're the scenario.  On a mousemove event, I'm hiding all text in the 
document to improve dynamic performance.  However, hiding all of the 
text takes a while (a second or two).  So, in the event-handler for 
mousemove, I'd like to update a "status" text element (that is not 
hidden :-) to say "Hiding text elements -- please wait ..." just before 
the operation(s) that hide the text.  Here's a code snippet:

function handleMouseMove(event) {
  status.nodeValue = "Hiding text elements -- please wait ...";
  for(ix = textNodes.length ; --ix >= 0 ;) {
    textNodes[ix].displayAttr.value = "none";

The problem is that the SVG display does not update the "status" text 
element with this message until the entire event handler has executed, 
i.e. including the text-hiding operations.  Thus what the user 
experiences is a few seconds of unresponsiveness, followed by the text 
being hidden and the "status" text saying "Hiding text elements -- 
please wait ...", which isn't very helpful.

The only solution I've found is to split the event handler into two 
functions.  One function updates the "status" text element and then 
schedules the second function (which hides the text elements) to run 50 
milliseconds later via setTimeout.  Apparently, 50 milliseconds is 
enough time for the SVG display to update.  Here's the code:

function handleMouseEvent(event) {
  status.nodeValue = "Hiding text elements -- please wait ...";
  setTimeout("hideText()", 50);

function hideText() {
  for(ix = textNodes.length ; --ix >= 0 ;) {
    textNodes[ix].displayAttr.value = "none";

This is IMHO a horrible kludge, but its the only thing that works.

If anyone has a better solution, I'd be most appreciative. :-)


-- Harmon S. Nine
Received on Wednesday, 9 October 2002 15:48:51 UTC

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