I'm making a website for a news show, and I'm using MovableType as the CMS for this. I have a bar with the latest shows so people can click on it and watch the whole thing.

I put a string in the MT template so the popup window address is something like yadayada.html?2005-07-10. I have a script that does the browser check for what video plugins are installed, but I'm having a hard time writing the part where it automatically chooses which code to use and calls the right video using the URL substring. Here's where I'm at right now:

Code:
<script language="JavaScript">
<!--

// initialize global variables
var detectableWithVB = false;
var pluginFound = false;


function goURL(daURL) {
    // if the browser can do it, use replace to preserve back button
    if(javascriptVersion1_1) {
	window.location.replace(daURL);
    } else {
	window.location = daURL;
    }
    return;
}

function redirectCheck(pluginFound, redirectURL, redirectIfFound) {
    // check for redirection
    if( redirectURL && ((pluginFound && redirectIfFound) ||
	(!pluginFound && !redirectIfFound)) ) {
	// go away
	goURL(redirectURL);
	return pluginFound;
    } else {
	// stay here and return result of plugin detection
	return pluginFound;
    }
}

function canDetectPlugins() {
    if( detectableWithVB || (navigator.plugins && navigator.plugins.length > 0) ) {
	return true;
    } else {
	return false;
    }
}

function detectFlash(redirectURL, redirectIfFound) {
    pluginFound = detectPlugin('Shockwave','Flash');
    // if not found, try to detect with VisualBasic
    if(!pluginFound && detectableWithVB) {
	pluginFound = detectActiveXControl('ShockwaveFlash.ShockwaveFlash.1');
    }
    // check for redirection
    return redirectCheck(pluginFound, redirectURL, redirectIfFound);
}

function detectDirector(redirectURL, redirectIfFound) {
    pluginFound = detectPlugin('Shockwave','Director');
    // if not found, try to detect with VisualBasic
    if(!pluginFound && detectableWithVB) {
	pluginFound = detectActiveXControl('SWCtl.SWCtl.1');
    }
    // check for redirection
    return redirectCheck(pluginFound, redirectURL, redirectIfFound);
}

function detectQuickTime(redirectURL, redirectIfFound) {
    pluginFound = detectPlugin('QuickTime');
    // if not found, try to detect with VisualBasic
    if(!pluginFound && detectableWithVB) {
	pluginFound = detectQuickTimeActiveXControl();
    }
    return redirectCheck(pluginFound, redirectURL, redirectIfFound);
}

function detectReal(redirectURL, redirectIfFound) {
    pluginFound = detectPlugin('RealPlayer');
    // if not found, try to detect with VisualBasic
    if(!pluginFound && detectableWithVB) {
	pluginFound = (detectActiveXControl('rmocx.RealPlayer G2 Control') ||
		       detectActiveXControl('RealPlayer.RealPlayer(tm) ActiveX Control (32-bit)') ||
		       detectActiveXControl('RealVideo.RealVideo(tm) ActiveX Control (32-bit)'));
    }
    return redirectCheck(pluginFound, redirectURL, redirectIfFound);
}

function detectWindowsMedia(redirectURL, redirectIfFound) {
    pluginFound = detectPlugin('Windows Media Player');
    // if not found, try to detect with VisualBasic
    if(!pluginFound && detectableWithVB) {
	pluginFound = detectActiveXControl('MediaPlayer.MediaPlayer.1');
    }
    return redirectCheck(pluginFound, redirectURL, redirectIfFound);
}

function detectPlugin() {
    // allow for multiple checks in a single pass
    var daPlugins = detectPlugin.arguments;
    // consider pluginFound to be false until proven true
    var pluginFound = false;
    // if plugins array is there and not fake
    if (navigator.plugins && navigator.plugins.length > 0) {
	var pluginsArrayLength = navigator.plugins.length;
	// for each plugin...
	for (pluginsArrayCounter=0; pluginsArrayCounter < pluginsArrayLength; pluginsArrayCounter++ ) {
	    // loop through all desired names and check each against the current plugin name
	    var numFound = 0;
	    for(namesCounter=0; namesCounter < daPlugins.length; namesCounter++) {
		// if desired plugin name is found in either plugin name or description
		if( (navigator.plugins[pluginsArrayCounter].name.indexOf(daPlugins[namesCounter]) >= 0) ||
		    (navigator.plugins[pluginsArrayCounter].description.indexOf(daPlugins[namesCounter]) >= 0) ) {
		    // this name was found
		    numFound++;
		}
	    }
	    // now that we have checked all the required names against this one plugin,
	    // if the number we found matches the total number provided then we were successful
	    if(numFound == daPlugins.length) {
		pluginFound = true;
		// if we've found the plugin, we can stop looking through at the rest of the plugins
		break;
	    }
	}
    }
    return pluginFound;
} // detectPlugin


// Here we write out the VBScript block for MSIE Windows
if ((navigator.userAgent.indexOf('MSIE') != -1) && (navigator.userAgent.indexOf('Win') != -1)) {
    document.writeln('<script language="VBscript">');

    document.writeln('\'do a one-time test for a version of VBScript that can handle this code');
    document.writeln('detectableWithVB = False');
    document.writeln('If ScriptEngineMajorVersion >= 2 then');
    document.writeln('  detectableWithVB = True');
    document.writeln('End If');

    document.writeln('\'this next function will detect most plugins');
    document.writeln('Function detectActiveXControl(activeXControlName)');
    document.writeln('  on error resume next');
    document.writeln('  detectActiveXControl = False');
    document.writeln('  If detectableWithVB Then');
    document.writeln('     detectActiveXControl = IsObject(CreateObject(activeXControlName))');
    document.writeln('  End If');
    document.writeln('End Function');

    document.writeln('\'and the following function handles QuickTime');
    document.writeln('Function detectQuickTimeActiveXControl()');
    document.writeln('  on error resume next');
    document.writeln('  detectQuickTimeActiveXControl = False');
    document.writeln('  If detectableWithVB Then');
    document.writeln('    detectQuickTimeActiveXControl = False');
    document.writeln('    hasQuickTimeChecker = false');
    document.writeln('    Set hasQuickTimeChecker = CreateObject("QuickTimeCheckObject.QuickTimeCheck.1")');
    document.writeln('    If IsObject(hasQuickTimeChecker) Then');
    document.writeln('      If hasQuickTimeChecker.IsQuickTimeAvailable(0) Then ');
    document.writeln('        detectQuickTimeActiveXControl = True');
    document.writeln('      End If');
    document.writeln('    End If');
    document.writeln('  End If');
    document.writeln('End Function');

    document.writeln('</scr' + 'ipt>');
}
// -->
</script>
</head>
<body>
<script language="javascript1.1">
var wmvIsInstalled = detectWindowsMedia();
var realIsInstalled = detectReal();
var quickTimeIsInstalled = detectQuickTime();
var videolocator = window.location.search;
if (wmvIsInstalled) {
	document.writeln('<object width="240" height="180" classid="CLSID:22d6f312-b0f6-11d0-94ab-0080c74c7e95" id="mediaplayer1">');
	document.writeln('<param name="Filename" value="' + videolocator.substring(1,12) + '.wmv">');
	document.writeln('<param name="AutoStart" value="True">');
	document.writeln('<param name="ShowControls" value="True">');
	document.writeln('<param name="ShowStatusBar" value="False">');
	document.writeln('<param name="ShowDisplay" value="False">');
	document.writeln('<param name="AutoRewind" value="True">');
	document.writeln('<embed type="application/x-mplayer2" pluginspage="http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/Downloads/Contents/MediaPlayer/" width="240" height="180" src="' + videolocator.substring(1,12) + '.wmv" filename="kids.mpg" autostart="True" showcontrols="True" showstatusbar="False" showdisplay="False" autorewind="True">');
	document.writeln('</emb' + 'ed>');
	document.writeln('</obje' + 'ct>');
	alert('the script is working'');
	} else {
	if(realIsInstalled) {
		document.writeln('<object id="RVOCX" classid="CLSID:CFCDAA03-8BE4-11cf-B84B-0020AFBBCCFA" width="240" height="180">');
		document.writeln('<param name="SRC" value="' + videolocator.substring(1,12) + '.rm" />');
		document.writeln('<param name="CONTROLS" value="ImageWindow" />');
		document.writeln('<param name="CONSOLE" value="cons" />');
		document.writeln('<embed src="' + videolocator.substring(1,12) + '.rm " type="audio/x-pn-realaudio-plugin" width="240" height="180" controls="ImageWindow" console="cons"> </em' + 'bed>');
		document.writeln('</obj' + 'ect>');
		} else {
		if(quickTimeIsInstalled) {
			document.writeln('<object classid="clsid:02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B" width="240" height="180" codebase="http://www.apple.com/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab">
			document.writeln('<param name="autoplay" value="true" />
			document.writeln('<param name="controller" value="true" />
			document.writeln('<param name="pluginspage" value="http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/indext.html" />
			document.writeln('<param name="target" value="myself" />
			document.writeln('<param name="type" value="video/quicktime" />
			document.writeln('<param name="src" value="' + videolocator + '.mp4" />');
			document.writeln('<embed src="' + videolocator + '.mp4" width="240" height="180" autoplay="true" controller="true" border="0" pluginspage="http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/indext.html" target="myself"></emb' + 'ed>');
			document.writeln('</obj' + 'ect>');
}
</script>
Is this the way to go? This is not working, but I don't even know where to start. Would there be an easier way to do it?

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