Timer in firefox, opera, et al.

Discussion in 'Javascript' started by Jeremy, Apr 17, 2004.

  1. Jeremy

    Jeremy Guest

    I'm using the setTimeout function to perform some animation. The timeout
    I'm using is 30ms, which works well in IE and produces smooth animation.
    However, in other, more standards compliant browsers, it plays back much
    slower. It seems like this happens to the same degree on all of these
    browsers, and if I increase or decrease the timeout by a little bit it
    doesn't have any effect. This leads me to believe that there is some
    minimum timeout for this function in the standards (are there any
    standards?) but I can't find any info on this.

    If I increase the timeout and increase the "jump" of the animation, it works
    at the correct rate but looks like crap. Any way to get the other browsers
    to give me 30ms precision?

    Jeremy, Apr 17, 2004
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  2. There are no standards. There is a, browser and OS dependent, minimum
    delay, the timer granularity. However, in IE 6, Moz FF and Opera 7,
    that seems to be 10ms (as witnessed by this program:)
    var t1;
    var times = [];
    var n=0;
    function timer() {
    var t2 = new Date();
    if (--n>0) {

    function report() {
    t1=new Date();

    If the delay between rounds is more than that, maybe it is the time it
    takes to update the animation that counts against you. If you call the
    setTimeout again at the end of each step, you will be delayed by the
    time it takes to do the step.
    I would use setInterval(step,30) and hope the steps take less than 30
    ms. It won't be exact, but it should be close enough.

    Lasse Reichstein Nielsen, Apr 17, 2004
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  3. JRS: In article <[email protected]_s54>, seen in
    You could have consulted the newsgroup FAQ on the subject of time; see
    sig below.

    The resolution of the date object itself is by definition one
    millisecond; but the values of new Date() increase in steps of 10 ms for
    WinNT+ systems or 55 ms for Win98x systems (and possibly other values
    for other systems).

    <URL:http://www.merlyn.demon.co.uk/js-dates.htm#OV> refers; and will
    show the resolution of the browser being used.

    The same timing mechanism is (extremely likely to be) used for the
    setTimeout function, and for setInterval too.

    I expect the resolution to be an OS property, otherwise independent of
    browser version.

    For use on a 55 ms system, you could in principle write a time-wasting
    loop, see how many times it could be executed between successive 55 ms
    timeouts, similarly time your display routine, then use that information
    to attempt a hand-crafted 27.5 ms interval between a timed display call
    and a fill-in one. It seems a dubious approach, but there may be no
    Dr John Stockton, Apr 17, 2004
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