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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Alpha Five Version 11 Feature Peek #26: Lights, camera, action ... buttons!

Whenever the word action is involved, you can be pretty sure that something exciting is about to happen. That's why we only include it in the titles of features that are going to have a lot of impact, like this one.

In this video, Selwyn will discuss the technique of activating action buttons. It starts out as simple as it gets -- with a standard grid. As an example, he's set up two action buttons, one is a hyperlink and the other is just a sample button.

Now, Selwyn's clicking on these buttons with his mouse, but he's about to get into how to invoke those buttons using JavaScript. Hands, or mouse, free!

To learn how to get this on your application, you're going to need to know what's going on in the browser while this component is running. Selwyn goes into the DOM mode of his Firefox browser and points out the three JavaScript functions that make this possible.

From here, you'll create these functions after you get into design mode. Most of this is done after selecting "toolbar action items," which will display the "custom toolbar buttons" window.

Selwyn will finish up the video by showing you how to name and specify the actions of your buttons. But I'll save the best for last! Click on the video at the end of this post to learn how to bring action to your buttons! 

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