Shrinking Text

This applet allows the user to define separate messages that shrink away to nothing, followed by the next message that grows in its place. Each message may have a distinct color, URL, and targeted browser frame associated with it.


The applet may be downloaded for free by clicking on the TAR-file link below (read the FAQ if you're not sure what to do with a TAR file). The FAQ also has step by step instructions on how to embed an applet into your own webpage.


Once unTARed, you should find the following classes (plus a '.jar' file if you want to use the archive= attribute in the <applet> tag):


Below are descriptions of all the parameters you may use to customize the applets to your webpages. Be sure to enclose any parameters that contain white space in double-quotation marks. Most parameters have default values in case you do not specify your own values, but the first two parameters (AUTHOR and COPYRIGHT) are necessary. If you are not sure how to incorporate an applet into a webpage (with its parameter names and values), looks at the source of this webpage and the applet embedded for an example, or read the FAQ page.

  • AUTHOR: This parameter must appear exactly as follows:
    <param name=AUTHOR value="Eric Harshbarger,">

  • COPYRIGHT: This parameter must appear exactly as follows:
    <param name=COPYRIGHT value="ShrinkingText applet, Copyright 1999, Eric Harshbarger">

  • BACKGROUND: This parameter points to an image file that is used as a background to the applet. All the various texts of the applet will be painted on top of this image. Consult the FAQ page if you are unsure about what image formats you may use.

  • BGCOLOR: This parameter indicates the background color of the applet. Consult the FAQ page if you are unsure what format to use for the parameter's value.

  • FGCOLOR: This parameter indicates the foreground color of the applet. Consult the FAQ page if you are unsure what format to use for the parameter's value.

  • FONTNAME: This value indicates the fontface used by the applet. Java1.0.2 has the following values from which to choose (must be spelled exactly): TimesRoman, Dialog, Courier, Helvetica, DialogInput, Symbol.

  • FONTSIZE: This value indicates the size of the font used by the applet.

  • FONTSTYLE: This value indicates the style of the font used by the applet. The value should be one of the following: plain, bold, italic, bolditalic.

  • TEXT.#: Multiple parameters which must start at TEXT.0 and continue successively (TEXT.1, TEXT.2...). Values should be the formatted in the following way:
    "This is the message\with a LINEBREAK. | message_color | | target_frame"
    "This example omits the 'message_color' argument. | | | _self"
    You may omit values, but be sure to leave a blank space holder between the '|' symbols. The separating character may be changed with the DELIMITER parameter. If message_color is omitted, the message will default to FGCOLOR.

  • CYCLES: The number of times ALL of the messages will be cycled through. A value of '0' means infinite looping.

  • LINEBREAK: This parameter sets the character that will force linebreaks in the messages defined by TEXT.# and TEXTFILE parameters. The default character is the backslash, '\'.

  • DELIMITER: This parameter sets the character that separates the various arguments in the TEXT.# parameters.

  • PAUSE: The number of milliseconds paused while the TEXT.# messages are at 'full size'.

  • SHRINK.SPEED: The number of milliseconds between shrinking steps during the transition. The TEXT.# messages start at size 0 and grow to a size of FONTSIZE, each step the size increases by +/-2.

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