Asked  7 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   41 times

I have written a javascript function that uses setInterval to manipulate a string every tenth of a second for a certain number of iterations.

function timer() {
    var section = document.getElementById('txt').value;
    var len = section.length;
    var rands = new Array();

    for (i=0; i<len; i++) {

    var counter = 0
    var interval = setInterval(function() {
        var letters = section.split('');
        for (j=0; j < len; j++) {
            if (counter < rands[j]) {
                letters[j] = Math.floor(Math.random()*9);
        document.getElementById('txt').value = letters.join('');

        if (counter > rands.max()) {
    }, 100);

Instead of having the interval set at a specific number, I would like to update it every time it runs, based on a counter. So instead of:

var interval = setInterval(function() { ... }, 100);

It would be something like:

var interval = setInterval(function() { ... }, 10*counter);

Unfortunately, that did not work. It seemed like "10*counter" equals 0.

So, how can I adjust the interval every time the anonymous function runs?



Use setTimeout() instead. The callback would then be responsible for firing the next timeout, at which point you can increase or otherwise manipulate the timing.


Here's a generic function you can use to apply a "decelerating" timeout for ANY function call.

function setDeceleratingTimeout(callback, factor, times)
    var internalCallback = function(tick, counter) {
        return function() {
            if (--tick >= 0) {
                window.setTimeout(internalCallback, ++counter * factor);
    }(times, 0);

    window.setTimeout(internalCallback, factor);

// console.log() requires firebug    
setDeceleratingTimeout(function(){ console.log('hi'); }, 10, 10);
setDeceleratingTimeout(function(){ console.log('bye'); }, 100, 10);
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

Actually you can look at your header code like this:

    if (is_home()) {
   } else {
         bloginfo('name'); echo ' | '; the_title();
    } ?>

Translating: if (it is your home) then print the blog's name. Else, print the blog's name, a | bar and the page/post title.

Is it printing ONLY the blog's name on custom pages or is it performing correctly?

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 9 Months ago

Returns a value which can be used to cancel the timer. So, it would seem unlikely that they return the same value (unless they are reusing values and one of the timers has already been cancelled)

Mozilla states it's DOM level 0, but not part of the specification. (look at the bottom of the page)

I've got an even better reference:

Nabble says:

SetTimeout and setInterval are from the original Javascript specification, pre-ECMA. That specification is not officially standardized anywhere, but it is supported by all web browsers and most implementations of the Javascript language. (Including ActionScript.)

The pre-ECMA specs are often known as the "DOM-0" APIs. Since they have never been standardized before, it makes sense for HTML5 to finally spec the non-deprecated APIs in an attempt to provide a consistent environment across browsers. Especially when recent events have proven that there are companies who like to implement the letter of the standard, but not the spirit.

Read the original spec here, or from Sun (who was an early endorser of JavaScript).

Thursday, June 3, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

I'd favour using setTimeout() repeatedly over using setInterval() - so many things can go wrong with setInterval() and you don't know how busy the browser is and whether the interval is realistic.

Browsers don't honour your chosen timeout or interval exactly. This is mainly for security; to prevent a flood of events from messing with the browser's ability to function normally. Chrome is better about honouring timers more accurately, though it does still slow them down significantly when a tab is in the background (see this answer), for example.

If you set a new timer with setTimeout during your existing call to slideshow.action(), then you won't get events queuing up when your browser can't quite keep up, but it will still go nice and quickly when the browser is able to do so.

You will still be able to stop the timer using the timer ID, that ID will just change often.

Friday, June 18, 2021
answered 6 Months ago

Just for completeness, and full credit to Lusprog, this is now my resources file

    <style name="QTheme" parent="android:Theme.Light">
        <item name="android:windowBackground">@color/q_green</item>
        <item name="android:colorBackground">@color/q_green</item>
        <item name="android:textViewStyle">@style/QText</item> 

    <color name="q_green">#008000</color>
    <color name="white">#FFFFFF</color>

    <style name="QText" parent="@android:style/TextAppearance.Medium"> 
        <item name="android:textSize">20sp</item> 
        <item name="android:textColor">@color/white</item> 
        <item name="android:textStyle">bold</item>
        <item name="android:typeface">sans</item>

Also thanks to Padma Kumar for the font help.

Thursday, August 12, 2021
answered 4 Months ago
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