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Hello and thank you to those who responded to my earlier
request for a script to hide media control panels. As a result,
I have tried the following suggested script, but I still
can't seem to get it right. But, I think I'm getting close ;-)
I could not find an answer to the problem in FAQ.
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function handleControlsOnOffClick() {
if (document.mediaPlayer.showControls == true) {
document.mediaPlayer.showControls = false;
document.playerCtrl.controls.value = " Show Controls ";
}
else {
document.mediaPlayer.showControls = true;
document.playerCtrl.controls.value = " Hide Controls "
}
}
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To be more explicit, I'm repeating the desired result on my proposed website.

1. After an end user requests a download of my e-book, they
will be invited to click on various hyperlinks to activate music,
from files that will be included in the download and therefore
already on their hard-drive. The music is intended to be merely
short background pieces, but controlled by the user by clicking on
a link - (Not like a bg music loop playing automatically when a website
is acccessed).

2. When clicking on the hyperlink, I don't want a user being distracted
from the text they are reading, by the usual appearance of a
'security message' and/or followed by the control panel of whichever
type of media player they are using.

3. Is it possible to have a script that covers ALL TYPES OF MEDIA
PLAYERS, to automatically disable all and any functions -
other than simply playing the music, without any graphics, control
panels, skins or security messages appearing? And without the user
having to manually minimize whatever visual material has appeared.

If so, I'd appreciate it if it could be prepared in the exact
HTML format - ready for pasting into the 'source code' of the page.
Also, please advise precisely where in the code, it should be placed.

:) Thank you for your patience and assistance.

Bob

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Default security settings for offline content are quite strict; because offline content is supposed to have access to its immediate environment (the user's filesystem) For that reason, you may not be able to disable security dialogues. They wouldn't be very secure if you could.

If your hyperlinks are just hrefs to the files on the user's computer; you have absolutely no control over how a browser or a user chooses to deal with those files; in the same way as you have no control over whether a user chooses to open or save a file when presented with a download box. There's plenty of good reasons why.

If you were to change your tactics somewhat, and embed the music onto your pages; you'd have alot more control over the display of the embedded media player; but perhaps still security errors if you're accessing local content (files on the user's machine), and it'll be more work for you developing a way to access the (hidden) media players.

For code to embed a WindowsMediaPlayer into an HTML page:
http://www.mioplanet.com/rsc/embed_mediaplayer.htm

If you want to hide that player, remove this line:

style="position:absolute; left:0;top:0;"

and replace it with this line:

display="none"

if you want it to not play automatically; remove this line:

<PARAM NAME="AutoStart" VALUE="True">

and see the bit at the bottom of that page for controlling the player using Javascript. [insert your media player ID].start() probably works to start a media player that doesn't have auto start enabled.

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Thank you for your very detailed reply.
I will digest all of that and come back to you if I need further help.

Regards
Bob


Default security settings for offline content are quite strict; because offline content is supposed to have access to its immediate environment (the user's filesystem) For that reason, you may not be able to disable security dialogues. They wouldn't be very secure if you could.

If your hyperlinks are just hrefs to the files on the user's computer; you have absolutely no control over how a browser or a user chooses to deal with those files; in the same way as you have no control over whether a user chooses to open or save a file when presented with a download box. There's plenty of good reasons why.

If you were to change your tactics somewhat, and embed the music onto your pages; you'd have alot more control over the display of the embedded media player; but perhaps still security errors if you're accessing local content (files on the user's machine), and it'll be more work for you developing a way to access the (hidden) media players.

For code to embed a WindowsMediaPlayer into an HTML page:
http://www.mioplanet.com/rsc/embed_mediaplayer.htm

If you want to hide that player, remove this line:

style="position:absolute; left:0;top:0;"

and replace it with this line:

display="none"

if you want it to not play automatically; remove this line:

<PARAM NAME="AutoStart" VALUE="True">

and see the bit at the bottom of that page for controlling the player using Javascript. [insert your media player ID].start() probably works to start a media player that doesn't have auto start enabled.

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I'm sick of people who want to hide stuff and disable browser functions. That's not what the Internet is for.

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I tried this and it did not work. to be clear, this is what I tried.

<OBJECT id="VIDEO" width="320" height="240" 
	display=”none”
	CLASSID=" clsid:6BF52A52-394A-11D3-B153-00C04F79FAA6"
	type="application/x-oleobject">
	
	<PARAM NAME="http://www.anotherwildreunion.com" VALUE=" Paul Simon - Mother and Child Reunion.mp3">
	<PARAM NAME="SendPlayStateChangeEvents" VALUE="True">
	<PARAM NAME="AutoStart" VALUE="True">
	<PARAM name="uiMode" value="none">
	<PARAM name="PlayCount" value="9999">
</OBJECT>

very frustrating, I have read a dozne posts now, and am not able to hide my media player on my website, any help is highly appreciated. thanks

Edited by Ezzaral: Added code tags. Please use them to format any code that you post.

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