preloading images

Discussion in 'Javascript' started by windandwaves, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. windandwaves

    windandwaves Guest

    Hi Gurus

    Preloading images has got to be JS 101. However, it does not seem to be
    working. Here is the function that I am using. I added the alerts to make
    sure it is working and all the right alerts show up, yet when I do my
    mouseover, it still takes about a second (only the first time) to load the
    image (thumbnail).

    Am I missing anything?

    loadims(max, letter) {//loads information images
    if (document.images) {
    for(i=1; i < max; i++) {
    rslt = new Image();
    imgn = 'm/' + letter + i + '.jpg';
    rslt.src = imgn
    loaded = true;


    windandwaves, Aug 29, 2005
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  2. windandwaves

    Daniel Kabs Guest

    I think, instead of loading into a transient image object you should
    rather preload the images into seperate and persistent image objects.

    Did you try making rslt a global Array of Images?


    PS: Giving an URL that links to an example on the net is always helpful.
    Daniel Kabs, Aug 29, 2005
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    Ivo Guest

    Presumably the keyword "function" slipped off the clipboard here.
    This mistake is classic. Testing for "document.images" when "window.Image"
    is the feature you are going to use.
    The variable that holds the image to load, is re-assigned to another image
    in the very iteration of the loop. This leaves very little time for the
    image to actually load. Try using unique variables for each preloaded image
    instead, that way they can all load alongside eachother. Comapre this
    preloading function:

    var pr = []; // global variable
    function preload() {
    if( window.Image ) {
    var p = arguments, i = p.length;
    while(i--) {
    pr = new Image();
    pr.src = p;
    } } }

    This would be called with the image URL's as arguments, as many as you like,
    and all in one call to the function:

    preload( 'example.gif', '/example.jpg', '../example.png' );

    Ivo, Aug 29, 2005
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