Thanks for everyone's comments its given me a better idea of what php can

I need a little clarification on what's been said then Ill unsubscribe and
never come back ­ I just need to know if this is the kind of thing php can
help me with.

... If I understand what you have told me so far it should be possible to
fill the content of a layer by
issuing some sort of Œserver include¹ command.. (?)  So, for example, rather
than have a something
that looks like this:

<div id="haiti" style="position:absolute; left:752px; top:321px;
width:166px; height:162px; z-index:14; visibility: hidden">
  <table width=166 border=0 cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0>
      <td> <img src="Atlas/images/photolayer_11.gif" width=81
      <td> <img src="Atlas/images/photolayer_12.gif" width=85
      <td> <img src="Atlas/images/photolayer_14.gif" width=81
      <td> <img src="Atlas/images/photolayer_15.gif" width=85
      <td> <img src="Atlas/haiti_17.gif" width=81 height=55></td>
      <td> <img src="Atlas/haiti_18.gif" width=85 height=55></td>

It should be possible to have some code that gives the layer position but
rather than then having all the other code describing the layer contents,
have some sort of php command that says 'get the contents from file
xxx.php'. If this is the case what should I be learning about to make this

Thanks again,


(standing on the shoulders of giants)


> Your question is not stupid - it's just uninformed, and that's easily
> understandable if you never used PHP.
> The concept is dynamically creating the page SERVER-SIDE. That is, use some
> databases or some nifty code to dynamically build a page using specific
> parameters. Unforunately for you, this means that all the fun ends on the
> server
> side. Once PHP ends its job, Apache takes over and serves the content
> generated
> by PHP as it would serve any regular file. What you actually pass to the
> client
> is "dead" information - it's not dynamic unless you echo some JavaScript code
> or
> something similar from PHP (which is the same as writing the respective code
> in
> a regular file, unless you create some custom parameters in JavaScript based
> on
> some other parameters you pass to PHP).
> Hope my explanation makes sense... ;-)
> Bogdan
> tim at 10Kv wrote:
>> Hi,
>> first of all apologise to the list ­ this is a very basic question for you
>> I¹m sure. I have tried to find an answer on the web but the problem is
>> knowing HOW to ask the question ­ and I hoping you can provide me with a
>> starting point.
>> Anyway.. I design a lot of graphic intensive pages which rely heavily on
>> layers that contain images, mouseovers and image swaps. The trouble is, when
>> there are more than a couple of these layers on a page the code gets long
>> and over complicated.  For example, if I have a page which on one side
>> contains an image map with 5 clickable points that shows one of 5 possible
>> layers on the other side of the page  (each with different content)  this is
>> automatically a page with lots of code which is slow to load ­ especially if
>> the page already has a layer based navigation bar!
>> My question is: is there a way to use a language like php to make this
>> process easier? For example populate the layers from a different file rather
>> than have all the code on the same page and perhaps slim the page down a
>> little ­ or is this missing the point of what a language like php is about.
>> Thanks for your help and my apologies if this is the worst question of the
>> week.
>> Tim Rogers

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