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PreProcessor limits

Pascal Hi Sunil,
It's my first post on this board and I'd like to thanks you a lot for your powerful-but-tiny-web-packaging-swiss-knife !
Here is my question:
How to include .js (JavaScript) files in the PreProcessor list ?
I used to heavy program my html pages and I want to insert some Activ vars in my declarations files, wich are .js files. A quick look at the Activ E-Book temp dir told me that you preprocess pages than run IE Core on it (I guess..), so we are talking about text file parsing. Since .js files are text files, I think it's just a mistake that limits parsing to some kind of files (.html, .htm, others ?)
How to hack this ?

Thanks you giving some times to answer me.


Posted on: 5:12 pm on March 23, 2001
EBookCompiler Hello Pascal and welcome

I think it is a compiler limitation that the preprocessor flag can't be set on .js files.  I think we can look into this for future versions....

Here is the best instant work-rounds that I've come up with so far:

In the HTML file, with preprocess enabled, set up the values of your variables/constants, in SCRIPT tag which is embedded into the HTML source.  Under this using CRIPT with the SRC= tag, call the .js file, which itself doesn't contain any preprocessor variables.


This may or may not work, and is a cheat... but you can try it.  Try renaming the .js file into a .html.  You need to change SRC= to point to the new file name.  Then enable the preprocessor on this "HTML" file.  Be sure to turn off the Searchable and Contents attributes on this pseudo "HTML" file

Posted on: 11:06 pm on March 23, 2001
Pascal Thanks You !
I'd used the second tricks (renaming .js to .html) and it works ! (on IE 5.0, I didn't try it on IE 4)
I prefer this solution because some others files also use these vars and I don't want to re-type them in each document (error source, long to update, I'm a lazy guy ;o))

To be fully compliant with HTML's Tags syntax, I'd also added the following tag: TYPE="text/javascript".
So, for others readers, a line like:
<LANGUAGE="JavaScript" TYPE="text/javascript" SRC="your_js_file.html"></script>
inserted in the HEAD of an html document can be PreProcessor  enabled !

Thx again, Sunil.

(Edited by Pascal at 2:01 pm on Mar. 24, 2001)

Posted on: 1:00 pm on March 24, 2001

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