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JavaScript works differently in IE6.0/5.5 and AEC 4.22

jaxz JavaScript works differently in IE6.0/5.5 and AEC 4.22

Dear all!
I’ve worked on some nice Java for my navigation. And it works just fine in IE6 as well as IE 5.5, and also Firefox.

When I compile an eBook from the very same html source that I test browse, however, the script just doesn’t work.

(The part that fails deals with expanding a collapsed subnav to highlight the current page)


What could this depend upon?

Can there be conflicts with Activ somehow? Are there Java commands that are not compatible with active ebook compiler?
Note: I don’t use any Activ-scripts in my source files.

Interestingly, the script won't excecute either when I browse the same pages in IE5.0 – which renders the same result as does the eBook compiled with AEC 4.22.

And I have the exact same settings for Java handling in all my IE verions (6; 5.5 and 5.0).

Most grateful for any and all feedback! Perhaps Alaska or Sunil might shed some light on this ?


Posted on: 3:00 pm on May 3, 2006
jaxz Me again,
I tried setting html security to "low" (edit/security/advanced)
but it made no difference.



Posted on: 3:42 pm on May 3, 2006
Alaska Jaxz -

Your ebook is reading files from a temporary directory, so your Javascript is probably testing for the page, and can't recognize it.

 Sunil has a variable for the temporary page path; you'll have to incorporate that into your Javascript.  That way, your ebook will know what page it's on, and will synch up with your nav pane as you intended.

Posted on: 5:29 pm on May 3, 2006
jaxz JavaScript using an Activ Variable

Dear all (attention Sunil / Alaska!),

I’ve come to a tricky spot.

In my Javascript I pass the variable “location” to a function. The “location” variable contains information on the current URL when used in a browser.

In the eBook, the corresponding information is contained in the {ebookurl} predefined active variable - thanks Alaska for pointing that out! So, this is the variable that I need to work with.

As part of my navigation structure I call upon a function as follows:


This function looks like :

function getRealAddress(oOb)
{ return oOb.protocol + ( ( oOb.protocol.indexOf( ':' ) + 1 ) ? '' : ':' ) + oOb.hostname + ( ( typeof(oOb.pathname) == typeof(' ') && oOb.pathname.indexOf('/') != 0 ) ? '/' : '' ) + oOb.pathname + oOb.search; }

How can I use the {ebookurl} variable here? Is it possible? When just inserting ‘{ebookurl}’ instead of location in the function call, I get an error saying “protocol is null” or something to that effect.

Please advice!

Best regards,

Posted on: 5:07 pm on May 6, 2006
Alaska jaxz -

You will want to swap out the functions' use of the 'Pathname' property:

'Pathname' is the part of a URL that specifies how to access a particular resource.

You can see the 'pathname' value with something like this:


This would produce : articles/todayspage.htm

So, you will swap the pathname value with the {ebookurl}.  Get the {ebookurl} value lilke this:

var eb_pathname ;
eb_pathname = window.external.ActivGet('{ebookurl}') ;

... now you can use 'eb_pathname' instead of 'pathname' in your function.

This may still need some modification; I'm writing on-the-fly here, without actually testing it out...

Posted on: 8:33 pm on May 6, 2006
jaxz Thanks bunches Alaska!
I’m getting there slowly.

But I think I've figured it out now.

Thanks again,

(Edited by jaxz at 11:09 pm on May 11, 2006)

Posted on: 4:21 pm on May 11, 2006

(Edited by jaxz at 11:01 pm on May 11, 2006)

Posted on: 4:59 pm on May 11, 2006

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