I am posting this thread to encourage those who have not used Ajax before. It is much easier than I thought it would be.
I have many lines at the begining and the end of all my pages that are constant. The obvious solution is to use a Server-Side Include for these. However, the VLE I am using (WebCT Vista) will not permit these.
Having read the article on 'How do I include one HTML file in another' at Boutell.com, I though that Ajax would do it better, and indeed it has.
- Include this function in my preliminary javasacript file;
- Add two calls to this function in my onload function;
- Insert two named DIVs, one at the top and one at the bottom.
It worked like a dream.
In the onload function I have the lines:
and in the file I have
<div id="TopLines"><div> at the top, and
<div id="BottomLines"><div> at the bottom.
This has the great advantage that I can edit these included files without Dreamweaver telling me I cannot change the template!