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How to use Lightbox with a flash component

Follow these steps to add Lightbox (possibility to pop-up only images) functionality to Flash files:

 

Step 1. First, download Lightbox++

Step 2. Copy the css, images and js folders from the archive in the same folder with your HTML file on your web server. This HTML file should embed the SWF file to which you want to add the Lightbox to.

If your site is running on Wordpress or Joomla, you will need to copy these folders in a new folder, let's call it lightbox, in the root of your Joomla/Wordpress site.

 

Step 3. Edit the HTML file and add these lines in the <head> section:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="css/lightbox.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />
<script src="js/prototype.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="js/scriptaculous.js?load=effects" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="js/lightbox++.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Make sure you use the correct path for the above files.

For Joomla or Wordpress sites, you need to update the code, to make it point to the root lightbox folder, where you copied the Lightbox folders in step 2:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="lightbox/css/lightbox.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />
<script src="lightbox/js/prototype.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="lightbox/js/scriptaculous.js?load=effects" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="lightbox/js/lightbox++.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

If your site is running on Joomla, you will need to add the code right before the </head> tag of the index.php file located in your active template's folder (e.g. templates/rhuk_milkyway/index.php)

If your site is running on Wordpress you need to add the code in the <head> section of the header.php file located in your active theme's folder (e.g. wp-content/themes/twentyten/header.php)

 

Step 4 (option A). If you want to have a Lightbox Image Set (with Next and Previous buttons), right after the lines from Step 3 add these lines, otherwise go to Step 4 (option B)

<script type="text/javascript">
function GroupDelegate(id) {
 var objLink = document.getElementById(id);
 Lightbox.prototype.start(objLink);
}
</script>

 

In the body of your HTML file you’ll have to add invisible links to the images which will be displayed in the Lightbox, like this:

<a id="img1" title="First image" rel="lightbox[img]" href="images/01.jpg"></a>
<a id="img2" title="Second image" rel="lightbox[img]" href="images/02.jpg"></a>

 

Step 4 (option B). If you intend to have a single image display in Lightbox (as opposed to option A with Image set) you simply have to add these lines into the <head> section of the HTML file:

<script type="text/javascript">
function LightboxDelegate(url,caption) {
 var objLink = document.createElement('a');
 objLink.setAttribute('href',url);
 objLink.setAttribute('rel','lightbox');
 objLink.setAttribute('title',caption);
 Lightbox.prototype.start(objLink);
}
</script>

 

Step 5 (option A). If you’re using SWFObject to embed the SWF, make sure you’re having these two params (in addition to maybe other params):

params.wmode = "transparent";
params.allowscriptaccess = "samedomain";

 

Step 5 (option B). If you’re using <object> </object> tags to embed the SWF file, add these lines:

<param name="allowscriptaccess" value="samedomain">  
<param name="wmode" value="transparent">

And in the embed tag you must insert the attribute:

wmode="transparent"

 

Step 6. If the links to go to when clicking an image are specified through the XML file, the url attribute, or in some cases the link attribute, must be set like this:
1. For Step 4 (option A):

url="javascript:GroupDelegate('img1')"

2. For Step 4 (option B):

url="javascript:LightboxDelegate('images/01.jpg','First Image')"

Also, you’ll have to change the target attribute to _self like this:

target="_self"

 

Note that the Lightbox will not work if tested locally. You’ll have to test it on a HTTP server.

 

For a more detailed description visit the original blog post from codefidelity.com

Comments

Sandra Cheng

Posted 10 years ago

Hi Snow Cat-

If you look at the link here: http://godesignabp.com/thumbnails_webdesign_SF_1024.html
you will notice that the Flash page lays over the lightbox rather than staying under. I have been trying to figure out how to pull it back under. Is this a z-index problem or is it related to my hosting which is currently IIS 6.0 ?

Thanks in advance for your time.

peteK

Posted 10 years ago

Hey everyone, I figured it out. In the file lightbox.css add the following code to #overlay:
min-width:100%;
min-height:100%;

Hope this helps anyone who encountered this issue!
Best,
Pete

peteK

Posted 10 years ago

Hi Snowcat. I have everything working well except for one thing. When a lightbox launches the background overlay darkens the background, but while the lightbox is open if I resize my browser the overlay remains the height and width of the browser when the lightbox first launched. I have seen other lightboxes where the darkened background resizes when you resize the browser. Any thoughts on how to fix this? I have checked in multiple browsers and it's the same across the board.
Thanks!
Best,
Pete

Webgraphics101

Posted 10 years ago

The lightbox as far as I can tell has been properly installed and I even went so far as to manually key in the hidden links for the images (though I tried your script first) and it works great locally on my PC. However, once it is deployed in a server environment, it fails with the error 'lightbox is undefined' - Any thoughts? I am hosting with GODaddy and have 3.5 .NET Installed as well as 5.0 PHP

steeve Barclay

Posted 10 years ago

I created a code which generates these links from the XML files:

how do you mod this code to work with lightbox2 or lightwindow.?

Thank you for your time.

Steeve

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