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BlinkingTabAlert integrates OneTwoThreeFall's NewMessageCount script with the flashing tab function seen in Dorumin's PrivateMessageAlert. Every time a new message is added to the main feed, the tab's title will switch between the standard document title and a second title to simulate a flashing effect.

Users may configure the second title to their liking by defining the customMessage variable prior to the importArticles statement. The default second title is "X New Messages!"

Usage

Installation

  • For site-wide usage, add the code snippet below to your wiki's "MediaWiki:Chat.js" page.
  • For personal use, add the code below to your own chat.js page on any wiki.
importArticles({
    type: 'script',
    articles: [
        'u:dev:BlinkingTabAlert.js'
    ]
});

Customization

  • Users may customize the second flashing message however they wish, provided they include the message feed counter,$1, somewhere in the customMessage.message property string.
  • The customMessage variable must be defined prior to the importArticles statement, as shown in the example below.
var customMessage = {
    message: '$1 example custom message'
};
 
importArticles({
    type: 'script',
    articles: [
        'u:dev:BlinkingTabAlert.js'
    ]
});
importArticles — Best Practices for installing JavaScript on Fandom
The importArticles statement is designed to combine multiple HTTP requests into a single data transfer, allowing multiple scripts to load and execute faster. If you've been installing several different scripts, your JavaScript file has probably accumulated unnecessary import statements. Click "Expand" to learn how to efficiently batch import scripts to speed up performance and make your code look cleaner. One other approach is by using the MediaWiki:ImportJS.
If your JavaScript file has several lines of code that say importScript, importScriptPage, or importArticles, you may be able to combine them! By batch importing a collection of scripts with a single import, your JavaScript code will load faster and look cleaner. Consider the example below. On the left is an example of what your JavaScript file might currently look like. On the right is how you could improve that code.
Multiple imports — messy and slow One import — clean and efficient
importScriptPage('AjaxRC/code.js','dev');
 
importScript('MediaWiki:localScript.js');
 
importArticle({
  type: 'script',
  article: 'u:dev:FloatingToc/code.js'
});
 
importScriptPage('page1.js', 'wikiname');
 
importScriptPage('page2.js', 'wikiname');
importArticles({
    type: 'script',
    articles: [
        'u:dev:AjaxRC/code.js',
        'MediaWiki:localScript.js',
        'u:dev:FloatingToc/code.js',
        'u:wikiname:page1.js',
        'u:wikiname:page2.js'
    ]
});
Note: In this example, pay close attention to the placement of commas and other punctuation. For people who aren't familiar with programming (and even those who are!), a common mistake when writing code is to accidentally delete, forget, or misplace critical symbols like commas or quotation marks. This can cause a syntax error that breaks the code. Carefully follow the convention shown here when using importArticles.
But there's much more to importArticles than just this! For more examples and advanced usage, see the help page at Help:Including additional JavaScript and CSS.

Changelog

  • v1.0, 18-9-16 - Initial commit
  • v1.1, 19-9-16 - User-configurable message option added

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