[Project_owners] Dynamic menu help

Eric H. Jung eric.jung at yahoo.com
Tue May 9 16:42:35 EDT 2006


I'm trying to dynmically build a <menu/> under a <menupopup/>. I've
spent almost all day on this but cannot figure out what's wrong.

After the following code is executed in the browser (via overlay or
Ted's Real-Time XUL Editor) and the submenu is popped-up:

  * No submenu appears
  * Submenus throughout the browser no longer function (e.g.,
View->Toolbars in FF or View->Show/Hide in Mozilla Suite)
  * The browser process does not terminate when the last window is
closed--the process must be manually killed
  * FF sometimes crashes

Tested in Mozilla 1.7.12 and FF on Win XP. I could not find a
buzilla bug talking explicitly about this, so I am guessing something
is wrong with my code.

(However, bugs 323617 and 301537 appear vaguely related)

Can another pair of eyes take a look?

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<?xml-stylesheet href="chrome://global/skin/" type="text/css"?>
<window id="yourwindow"
function build(parent) {
  dump("in build()\n");
  while (parent.hasChildNodes())

  var a = document.createElement("menuitem");
  a.setAttribute("label", "a");

  var submenu = document.createElement("menu");
  submenu.setAttribute("label", "submenu");
  var submenupopup = document.createElement("menupopup");
  //submenupopup.setAttribute("onpopupshowing", function(){});
  var b = document.createElement("menuitem");
  b.setAttribute("label", "b");
<toolbarbutton label="click me" type="menu">
  <menupopup onpopupshowing="build(this);"/>

You'll notice (in FF, at least) that the dump statement is executed
once for the parent <menupopup/> and once for the sub- <menupopup/>
even if I set onpopupshowing for the submeunpopup to an empty fcn. It's
as if the browser enters an infinite loop of event handler callbacks.

Thanks for any ideas,

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