[FX.php List] Visual cue when processing a long, multi-record edit request?

Joel Shapiro jsfmp at earthlink.net
Wed Oct 12 17:36:32 MDT 2005

Thanks so much, Steve, that's a great idea!

And thanks, Kevin, I agree that Steve's suggestion #1 is much better,  
but why do you recommend against using an image and only using text?

Steve: I've played some with hiding/showing <div>s, but just in  
direct links so far (e.g. <a href="javascript:toggleLayer('2');"> )  
and not in form submissions (my form is already using javascript for  
<form method="post" action="edit.php" name="form" onsubmit="return  

If you've got any examples of toggling the form <div> to Hidden and  
the "Processing..." div to Display, I'd love to see one.

Thanks very much,

On Oct 12, 2005, at 4:10 PM, Kevin Futter wrote:

> I'd advise you go for the first option, as it's more accessible  
> (provided
> you use text for "Processing" instead of an image), and won't run  
> afoul of
> errant popup blockers or confuse screenreaders like the second. I  
> use this
> approach all the time for hiding and displaying error messages.

On Oct 12, 2005, at 3:29 PM, Steve Winter wrote:

> Joel,
> It seems that you're happy using Javascript, so there are a couple of
> options which spring to mind just now.
>   1. Place the form that users fill in inside a <div> tag which has  
> an id,
> associated with it.  Place a 'processing' graphic inside another <div>
> (with id) which usually has 'display' set to none.  When the user  
> clicks
> your submit button, run a short piece of javascript, which sets the
> content <div> to display: none, and the 'processing' <div> to display.
> Then when the process finishes and the next page loads it clears.
>   2. Use javascript to open another small window, placed in the  
> center of
> the users screen when they submit the form. put some sort of loading
> graphic in there. When the next page loads, have further javascript  
> inside
> there that closes that window donw.
> Let me know if you want more details about either of these ideas...I'm
> also sure other people will have other suggestions too ;-)
> Cheers
> Steve
>> Hi all
>> I've got a page that allows users to edit many related records all at
>> once (via radio buttons).  Unfortunately, the browser stays on the
>> editable page -- sometimes for up to 30 seconds -- after clicking
>> submit.  I'm wondering if there's some way I can display some kind of
>> "processing..." message or animated gif after submitting, instead of
>> leaving the user staring at the page he/she just submitted (and
>> wondering if anything is happening).
>> Or is there a way to have the browser switch to the processing page
>> right away, and I could put my message/gif on that page?
>> (I already have a note next to the Submit button.  I know I could
>> have a javascript alert pop-up, but I'd rather users not have to
>> click OK again after clicking 'Submit'.... Maybe even something like
>> a javascript pop-up window that then closes upon completion??)
>> I know this isn't specifically FX.php, but I'm hoping someone might
>> have a suggestion.
>> TIA
>> -Joel
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