What normally happens when you place the cursor over a link? The file location of the link is displayed in the status bar at the bottom of the page. When the cursor leaves the link, the displayed text disappears from the status bar.
Example- of normal Place your cursor here and look at the status bar at the bottom of the page; displays the file's location. Remove the cursor from the link; display is blank.
Below are a few options on how to change the way the link is displayed in the status bar. Note: using either of the first two methods below, once invoked, will change how the return works for all the non scripted links. The last method returns the display to a more normal appearance.
Notice the single quotes surrounding the red text. These must be used to mark what text is to appear in the status bar. Using double quotes will cause the script to bomb. Just copy and paste the line above this paragraph into your page and change the text between the single quotes to what ever you want displayed. Do not use a single quote in the text field unless preceeded by \ then use the quote. It should appear like so Joe\'s text. The backslash will not appear in the text displayed in the status bar. (place cursor on "example here" below) Also do not use any special character marks, specially the semicolon. This is true for all the examples on this page.
place cursor here Now remove it and see the message.
written like this: "window.status='Joe\'s example of the slash use'; return false" -best to avoid using this if you can.
Another way to display text in the status bar is using the return true method. When the cursor touches a link, the message you want to display in the status bar will appear immediately. It will remain when the cursor leaves the link. The file location information does not appear at any time. In the false method the file location was given first and when the cursor left the link then the message was displayed.
Here is a script that you can use if you want to keep the status bar acting a little closer to normal by having the text disappear from the status bar after the cursor has left the link.Example - of double
As you can see from the inline script above, an onMouseOut event has been added to the anchor tag. It still uses the return true method for the onMouseOver event and also for the onMouseOut event. Here is what happens. When the cursor is placed over the link the message you want to display immediately appears in the status bar. This has not changed from the method above. What is different is that when the cursor leaves the link the status bar appears to returns to normal, displaying a blank. This is achieved by leaving the text field blank in the onMouseOut event. No text appears between the single quotes in the script.
Hope that this helps you...
Author: Joseph Raymond
25th of March, 2001