You’re no doubt aware of Netvibes, it’s a user community based around a widget-based personal startpage. It also has the possibility of providing public pages based on widget content. In many ways, it has a lot in common with iGoogle and Pageflakes.
I’ve been working quite a lot with Netvibes recently, mainly because it has a good API called the Universal Widget API (or UWA for short). The UWA makes Netvibes widgets portable to aomong other things iGoogle and Mac OS X Dashboard.
I wrote a UWA widget for our OPAC, BIBSYS Ask, which has some amusing features, including AJAX requests and fielded search for a course we were holding.
The widget now seems to be working fine on all the relevant platforms, but this was no simple task because of one thing: inline events.
What’s an inline event? Well, it’s when you connect an HTML element in the interface to a specific event and result. An example here is saying that when button X is clicked, display the text “hello!”. Netvibes UWA widgets don’t like it when you connect these pieces together directly; the crrect way of doing this is “dynamically”. By dynamic, I mean when the page is loaded, the elements are added and the events are assigned to elements in the interface as a secondary procedure.
So, after a lot of messing about, I reached the conclusion that I really was going to have to do things as described in the UWA documentation. Silly me.
Anyway, it works now. 🙂