Manipulating DropShadow Properties from Client Code (VB)

by Christian Wenz

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The DropShadow control in the AJAX Control Toolkit extends a panel with a drop shadow. Properties of this extender can also be changed using client JavaScript code.

Overview

The DropShadow control in the AJAX Control Toolkit extends a panel with a drop shadow. Properties of this extender can also be changed using client JavaScript code.

Steps

The code starts with a panel containing some lines of text:

<asp:Panel ID="panelShadow" runat="server" CssClass="panel" Width="300px">
 ASP.NET AJAX is a free framework for quickly creating a new generation of more 
 efficient, more interactive and highly-personalized Web experiences that work 
 across all the most popular browsers.<br />
 ASP.NET AJAX is a free framework for quickly creating a new generation of more 
 efficient, more interactive and highly-personalized Web experiences that work 
 across all the most popular browsers.<br />
 ASP.NET AJAX is a free framework for quickly creating a new generation of more 
 efficient, more interactive and highly-personalized Web experiences that work 
 across all the most popular browsers.<br />
</asp:Panel>

The associated CSS class gives the panel a nice background color:

<style type="text/css">
 .panel {background-color: navy;}
</style>

The DropShadowExtender is added to extend the panel with a drop shadow effect, opacity set to 50%:

<ajaxToolkit:DropShadowExtender ID="dse1" runat="server"
 TargetControlID="panelShadow"
 Opacity="0.5" Rounded="true" />

Then, the ASP.NET AJAX ScriptManager control enables the Control Toolkit to work:

<asp:ScriptManager ID="asm" runat="server" />

Another panel contains two JavaScript links for setting the opacity of the drop shadow: the minus link decreases the shadow's opacity, the plus link increases it.

<asp:Panel ID="panelControl" runat="server">
 <br />
 <label id="txtOpacity" runat="server">0.5</label>
 <a href="#" onclick="changeOpacity(-0.1); return false;">-</a>
 <a href="#" onclick="changeOpacity(+0.1); return false;">+</a>
</asp:Panel>

The JavaScript function changeOpacity() must then first find the DropShadowExtender control on the page. ASP.NET AJAX defines the $find() method for exactly that task. Then, the get_Opacity() method retrieves the current opacity, the set_Opacity() method sets it. The JavaScript code then puts the current opacity value in the <label> element:

<script type="text/javascript">
 function changeOpacity(delta) 
 {
 var dse = $find("dse1");
 var o = dse.get_Opacity();
 o += delta;
 o = Math.round(10 * o) / 10;
 if (o <= 1.0 && o >= 0.0) 
 {
 dse.set_Opacity(o);
 $get("txtOpacity").firstChild.nodeValue = o;
 }
 }
</script>

The opacity is changed on the client side

The opacity is changed on the client side (Click to view full-size image)