Working with Status Bar Messages

By: aathishankaran Printer Friendly Format    

The status bar of a browser can be an important means of communicating with the user. You can use two properties of the window object default Status and status-to control the text that is displayed. 

Generally have two ways to use the status bar. 

First, you can display a default message on the status bar. The user sees this message without performing any action. You can display a default message using the default Status property. The default Status property can be set at any time-either upon loading the window or while the window is already opened. 

Second, you can display a temporary message that overrides the default text. In practice, this message usually appears when a user performs an event, such as moving a mouse over a jump. You can set this message using the status property. 

The code behind this page shows three actions that you code to change the status bar message. 

First, a default message is set when the window opens using the following code: 

            window.defaultStatus = “Welcome to the large URL page." 

Second, when the user passes over the "Go" link, its onMouseOver event handler calls the following function: 

function changeStatus()


window.status == "Click me to go to the JAVA-SAMPLES home page. "


Third, to change the text of the default status message, the user can select a different message from the select object. When the Change button's onClick event handler is triggered, it executes the following function: 

function changeDefaultStatus()


window.defaultStatus = window.document.statusForm.messageList.


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