JavaScript for E-Commerce

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The Ordering Process - Modifications to item-cd-blues.html, ...

We have added some JavaScript code and an HTML form containing checkboxes next to each item name to the item-cd-blues.html, item-cd-dance.html, ..., item-record-classical.html files.

When the customer wants to add an item to the list of items they are going to order, they check the checkbox next to the item's name. If they wish to remove the item from the list, they uncheck the checkbox.


New or modified code is displayed in bold text.



<base target="contentFrame">

<script language="JavaScript">

function orderItem(checked, id, name, price) {
    if(checked) {
        top.myOrderList.addItem("CDs", id, name, price);
    } else {

top.myOrderList.itemsVisible = true;



<body onLoad="top.myOrderList.checkItems();">

<form name="itemForm">

<table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1">
        <td><input type="checkbox" name="Item11"
        onClick="orderItem(this.checked, 11, 'Led Zeppelin - Remasters', '30.00');">&nbsp;</td>
        <td><a href="item-0011.html">Led Zeppelin - Remasters</a></td>
        <td><input type="checkbox" name="Item1"
        onClick="orderItem(this.checked, 1, 'Penyon - Some People', '10.00');">&nbsp;</td>
        <td><a href="item-0001.html">Penyon - Some People</a></td>
        <td><input type="checkbox" name="Item12"
        onClick="orderItem(this.checked, 12, 'The Sisters Of Mercy - Vision Thing', '30.00');">&nbsp;</td>
        <td><a href="item-0012.html">The Sisters Of Mercy - Vision Thing</a></td>





Only the source of item-cd-rock.html is listed here.

A checkbox has been inserted to the left of each item. When the user checks or unchecks it, the orderItem function is called. This function calls either the addItem or removeItem method of the myOrderList object, depending on whether the checkbox is being checked or unchecked.

When this file is loaded, the myOrderList.itemsVisible flag is set to true, indicating that a list of items is being displayed. Additionally, the myOrderList.checkItems() method is called to check the checkboxes next to any items that have already been selected.

myOrderList.itemsVisible and myOrderList.checkItems() are discussed in greater detail the next section.

There are a number of things worth noting about this file:

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