| 11:17 am on Apr 18, 2002 (gmt 0)|
If you put the floor plan as a background image, then put the state of each possible light overlaid on that in appropriate table cells with the content of the cell being a green or red dot GIF, according to your data input. The dot GIFs are cell sized or else positioned in the cell and with transparent backgrounds. You can make the floor plan a table background, or slide it under the table with a Z positioned layer.
| 3:09 pm on Apr 18, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Can't do layering. I'm on a PDA with the equivalent of IE 2.0. Nice idea, though. More ideas?
| 5:32 pm on Apr 18, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Mmm... With the equivalent of a 2.0 browser? Sounds like it's time to slice some graphics. Create a generic on & off gif to use for all lights, and fit the floorplan slices and light gifs into a table...
Don't know how you'd work the dynamic changing of light gifs from off to on, but a sliced/table graphic layout would allow for it.
| 6:18 pm on Apr 18, 2002 (gmt 0)|
We do something sort of similar with a product we sell, the options have and on and an off state. They are switched according to user input but could just as easily be read from a dB.
See your sticky.
| 1:09 pm on Apr 19, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Mivox's sliced image sounds ideal. You'd process the image source names on the server to reflect your lights state (lounge_on.gif/lounge_off.gif or something like that). This way you'd only have to draw two gifs for each light instead of one for every possible permutation.
| 5:01 pm on Apr 19, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Actually, I was thinking even simpler than that, joshie. Just light_on.gif and light_off.gif... Then the floorplan image could be sliced in such a way as to accomodate a little 1px on/off gif at each light fixture location.
| 5:08 pm on Apr 19, 2002 (gmt 0)|
that sounds like the way to go I've done a lot of stuff like that. It isn't always a lot of fun to cut up the image but once it is done it works seamlessly.