January 7, 2010

"Horizontal Scrolling Recent Posts" for Your Blog

Found this hack to make a horizontal scrolling recent post at IdeasBubble, tested it at Star Home Improvements. Before you implement this, read this caution note.

If you want this horizontal scrolling "recent posts" just below your blog Header, first you got to add extra "Add a gadget" to the blog Header section (more specific instructions at Adding "graphic" to blog Header).

When you have this extra "Add a gadget" (gadget were previously called page element), sign into Dashboard, click LAYOUT then the "Add a gadget" in the Head section. Chose the HTML/JavaScript gadget:


then copy-paste this script into the HTML/Javascript gadget:

<script style="text/javascript" src="http://dreamydonkey.googlepages.com/scrolling_blogger_posts.js"> </script><script style="text/javascript"> var nMaxPosts = 15; var sBgColor; var nWidth; var nScrollDelay = 175; var sDirection="left"; var sOpenLinkLocation="N"; var sBulletChar="•"; </script> <script style="text/javascript" src="http://YOURBLOG.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=json-in-script&callback=RecentPostsScrollerv2"> </script>

Replace http://YOURBLOG.blogspot.com/ with you actual blog URL, preview, and if satisfied, save.


I tried varying some of the parameters (attributes) like changing

nScrollDelay = 175;


nScrollDelay = some number;

and got erratic results, among which were getting error messages when trying to access the edited blog like this one: Recreation and sport (blog only displayed by clicking OK in the error message. Would do more testing later if I find the time) (Update: managed to get rid of that irritating error message by changing templates, and finally by going to LAYOUT > EDIT HTML > click Revert widget template to default at the bottom of the page, publishing a few posts. Don't know exactly what cleared the problem. Will do some more experimenting later).

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