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    Popup window timer in Javascript?

    My brother runs a sign company in which he wants to track how much time is spent at each phase of constructing a sign.

    My thought was to create a dialog and fill in fields with barcode scanner and have each station hit a <start> button which would grab now() and also have a Modeless Popup with a large stopwatch come onscreen that each station would see. When finished, the station would hit a <stop> button on the original dialog which would again grab now() and close the Modeless Popup.

    I have figured out how to popup the dialog with just text from the <start> button, and then close the popup dialog from the <stop> button with the CloseLastOpenedA5Window() in the OnClick event.

    My question is how to get some type of minute:second counter javascript running in the popup starting at 0.

    Wasn't sure if I could open a popup Ajax window Javascript event and then paste in some code in the windows content set - local?

    Can I go to a site such as: and somehow paste the javascript code into Alpha somewhere/somehow? I tried pasting the code into the Javascript OnShow event, but didn't work. I realize this code can be modified to count up, which is what I will want.

    Saw lots of questions on the forum regarding timers, but nothing seemed to fit the bill for what I am doing.

    Maybe there is a better doesn't have to be a popup, it could stay on the dialog page.


    Re: Popup window timer in Javascript?

    There's a couple of ways to go here... one, which I'm going to look at in a min is using jQuery 'cause I'll bet there's some really cool looking timers there.

    But, for now... here's some javascript I found - thanks to SLaks and Ganesh - that will do the trick.

    Open your dialog and just put one control on it - a label - and in the Field Label properties, under Label put this

    <div id="box_header"></div>
    So, we've set up a Label, and given it a DIV name - so we can get to it.

    In the same Field Label section, under Style, change it to how you want your timer to look... size, font, etc.

    font-family: OCR A Std; font-size: 36px; color: #000080;
    Next, add this function to the Javascript Functions, found under Code in the main navigation bar of the Dialog. This function will get called when the Dialog opens.

     function get_elapsed_time_string(total_seconds) {
      function pretty_time_string(num) {
        return ( num < 10 ? "0" : "" ) + num;
      var hours = Math.floor(total_seconds / 3600);
      total_seconds = total_seconds % 3600;
      var minutes = Math.floor(total_seconds / 60);
      total_seconds = total_seconds % 60;
      var seconds = Math.floor(total_seconds);
      // Pad the minutes and seconds with leading zeros, if required
      hours = pretty_time_string(hours);
      minutes = pretty_time_string(minutes);
      seconds = pretty_time_string(seconds);
      // Compose the string for display
      var currentTimeString = hours + ":" + minutes + ":" + seconds;
      return currentTimeString;
    And finally, add this to the Dialog Events, Client-side event. This code runs when the Dialog is opened, and it fires off the function to get and format the time. It's using the JS setInterval method.

    var elapsed_seconds = 0;
    setInterval(function() {
      elapsed_seconds = elapsed_seconds + 1;
      $('box_header').innerHTML = (get_elapsed_time_string(elapsed_seconds));
    }, 1000);
    Now I'm going to go find a really cool time in jQuery
    Last edited by Davidk; 01-31-2012, 07:38 PM.


      Re: Popup window timer in Javascript?

      Worked exactly as I wanted...many thanks.

      Only wrinkle I am researching now is that when the dialog timer is opened again. It starts at zero, but flashes back to the prior timers numbers, which are continuing, i.e. multiple timers are running at the same time on the one single display.

      I have tried unchecking the "Use Cached Dialog" in the Open a Dialog Component javascript action to force a reload. That did not work. I was not 100% sure in what event the last section of code should be in, but I put it in the OnInitializeComplete Event. Not sure if that would have anything to do with the problem. I am assuming the function variables need to be reset, but not sure where and how.



        Re: Popup window timer in Javascript?

        Not sure how you're using it. Are the timers running in separate browser tabs? I opened an a5w page with the dialog time on it 3 times. Each opens in it's own tab and all are different times... all starting at 0.

        Yes... I see what you mean... it's a mess 'cause every time you open it, the prior instances are still running... yikes. Having a look. Too funny.
        Last edited by Davidk; 02-03-2012, 07:53 PM.


          Re: Popup window timer in Javascript?

          I was hoping this would be simple and logical... and it was. We need to clear the timer. setInterval returns an ID for the timer. We'll use that ID with the clearInterval method to clear the timer.

          Event: onInitializeComplete

          var elapsed_seconds = 0;
          var intID = setInterval(function(){
            elapsed_seconds = elapsed_seconds + 1;
            $('box_header').innerHTML = (get_elapsed_time_string(elapsed_seconds));
          }, 1000);
          On the button that closes the timer
          var intID = window['setIndId'];
          Last edited by Davidk; 02-03-2012, 08:55 PM.


            Re: Popup window timer in Javascript?

            I could not get it to work. I am not enough of a javascript programmer to be of any help. I created a stop timer button on the popup window and pasted in the second window of code. The button appears to work and closes the window. I then made the onInitializeComplete modifications. When I hit the start time button on the dialog below the first time, the window pops up and everything works good. When I hit start timer on the dialog below it a second time, it pops up the timer window again with the second displaying where it stopped the first time, but they do not start counting.

            I was hoping for all buttons on the dialog window below the timer to start and close the timer window and reset the javascript variables. I was actually going to tie this in with an onBlur event because all entry will be done with a barcode scanner. I was hoping for no user required action with the actual timer window and am trying to stay away from any mouse movement requirements or keyboard entry.


              Hi Guys, I am creating an app to monitor a rugby match, so time someone scores points, times someone was subbed to the bench etc. I need to do this through a timer/stop clock which is displayed on a page. Would you be able to help, or share your components in a zip file to me so i can see how yours works? Thanks :)