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Build an XML-based Tree Control with JavaScript : Page 3

Tree controls provide a hierarchical view of data and XML provides a way to structure data hierarchically, so viewing XML data as a tree structure is a natural fit. But browsers don't provide a tree control. Instead, use this mix of XML, XSLT, JavaScript, and CSS to produce an extensible HTML tree control.




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Create JavaScript and CSS Files
You'll need to create the JavaScript and CSS files next. The JavaScript file contains the variables and functions to make the tree work in a browser and the CSS stylesheet controls how the browser formats the text in the tree control.

Here's the content of the JavaScript file:

var openImg = new Image(); openImg.src = "open.gif"; var closedImg = new Image(); closedImg.src = "closed.gif"; function showBranch(branch){ var objBranch = document.getElementById(branch).style; if(objBranch.display=="block") objBranch.display="none"; else objBranch.display="block"; swapFolder('I' + branch); } function swapFolder(img){ objImg = document.getElementById(img); if(objImg.src.indexOf('closed.gif')>-1) objImg.src = openImg.src; else objImg.src = closedImg.src; }

Save the completed JavaScript file as xmlTree.js.

Here's the code for the CSS file:

body{ font: 10pt Verdana,sans-serif; color: navy; } .trigger{ cursor: pointer; cursor: hand; display: block; } .branch{ display: none; margin-left: 16px; } a{ text-decoration: none; } a:hover{ text-decoration: underline; }

Save the completed CSS file as xmlTree.css.

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