Sunday, January 20th, 2008

CuePrompter: Javascript Teleprompter

Category: Showcase, UI

CuePrompter (via DownloadSquad) is an browser-based teleprompt tool. Cut-and-paste some or insert some text and the application will scroll it forward or back, at your desired speed. A variant of the Ajax e-reader concept.

Peeking at the source, it’s been around since 2005. Implementation is small and straightforward. It works using a timer and manipulation of the top CSS property to continuously re-position the top of the entire text. (A negative top value means the top of the passage is “above” the browser window; hence you’ll see text further along in the passage.)


  1. function fward() {
  2. ...
  4. ...
  5.   scrolltimerdown = setTimeout("fward()",scspeed)
  6. }

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 6:45 pm

2 rating from 31 votes


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What the hell is this, did you guys party a bit too much this weekend and the best you are coming up is a custom news ticker that could have been found in any copy and paste javascript site.

Damn Michael you must feel good about making yourself and all of us waisting our time with stuff like this. But please enlighten us if you think this is any relevant to most of us reading that blog.

Comment by elmuchacho — January 21, 2008

System requirements:
MS Internet Exprorer 5.0 or newer – MS Windows XP, 2000, 2003 operating system – Javascript enabled.
Limited functionality with other configurations.

function fward() {
// ...
// ...
scrolltimerdown = setTimeout("fward()",scspeed)

Ring! ring! 1997 called, it wants its JavaScript code back!
I take it this is some kind of private joke from the editors of Ajaxian, right.

Comment by Mathieu \'p01\' Henri — January 21, 2008

LOL It was picked up by a couple of sites (mashable, downloadsquad) so I thought I’d post it as it’s another example of doing something unconventional in the browser.

Comment by Michael Mahemoff — January 21, 2008

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