hi,

I use a script called "lightbox" for the images on my site http://www.philtrated.com. The script works great, but I have one issue with it.

Most of the pages on my site contain a gallery of different drawings, and the lightbox script doesn't work until all thumbnails using the script on the one page have all loaded. This presents a problem when you average user clicks on the first thumbnail that loads (instead of waiting for the entire page to load) and the drawings then loads on a blank html page, instead of the desired pretty effect of the lightbox script.

So, is there anyway to configure the lightbox script so that it will work even if all images on the page haven't all loaded? I have little java scripting experience so any help would be appreciated



lightbox.js
Code:
// -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
//
//	Lightbox v2.02
//	by Lokesh Dhakar - http://www.huddletogether.com
//	3/31/06
//
//	For more information on this script, visit:
//	http://huddletogether.com/projects/lightbox2/
//
//	Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/
//	
//	Credit also due to those who have helped, inspired, and made their code available to the public.
//	Including: Scott Upton(uptonic.com), Peter-Paul Koch(quirksmode.org), Thomas Fuchs(mir.aculo.us), and others.
//
//
// -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
/*

	Table of Contents
	-----------------
	Configuration
	Global Variables

	Extending Built-in Objects	
	- Object.extend(Element)
	- Array.prototype.removeDuplicates()
	- Array.prototype.empty()

	Lightbox Class Declaration
	- initialize()
	- start()
	- changeImage()
	- resizeImageContainer()
	- showImage()
	- updateDetails()
	- updateNav()
	- enableKeyboardNav()
	- disableKeyboardNav()
	- keyboardAction()
	- preloadNeighborImages()
	- end()
	
	Miscellaneous Functions
	- getPageScroll()
	- getPageSize()
	- getKey()
	- listenKey()
	- showSelectBoxes()
	- hideSelectBoxes()
	- pause()
	- initLightbox()
	
	Function Calls
	- addLoadEvent(initLightbox)
	
*/
// -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

//
//	Configuration
//
var fileLoadingImage = "images/loading.gif";		
var fileBottomNavCloseImage = "images/close.gif";

var resizeSpeed = 7;	// controls the speed of the image resizing (1=slowest and 10=fastest)

var borderSize = 10;	//if you adjust the padding in the CSS, you will need to update this variable

// -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

//
//	Global Variables
//
var imageArray = new Array;
var activeImage;

if(resizeSpeed > 10){ resizeSpeed = 10;}
if(resizeSpeed < 1){ resizeSpeed = 1;}
resizeDuration = (11 - resizeSpeed) * 0.15;

// -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

//
//	Additional methods for Element added by SU, Couloir
//	- further additions by Lokesh Dhakar (huddletogether.com)
//
Object.extend(Element, {
	getWidth: function(element) {
	   	element = $(element);
	   	return element.offsetWidth; 
	},
	setWidth: function(element,w) {
	   	element = $(element);
    	element.style.width = w +"px";
	},
	setHeight: function(element,h) {
   		element = $(element);
    	element.style.height = h +"px";
	},
	setTop: function(element,t) {
	   	element = $(element);
    	element.style.top = t +"px";
	},
	setSrc: function(element,src) {
    	element = $(element);
    	element.src = src; 
	},
	setHref: function(element,href) {
    	element = $(element);
    	element.href = href; 
	},
	setInnerHTML: function(element,content) {
		element = $(element);
		element.innerHTML = content;
	}
});

// -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

//
//	Extending built-in Array object
//	- array.removeDuplicates()
//	- array.empty()
//
Array.prototype.removeDuplicates = function () {
	for(i = 1; i < this.length; i++){
		if(this[i][0] == this[i-1][0]){
			this.splice(i,1);
		}
	}
}

// -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Array.prototype.empty = function () {
	for(i = 0; i <= this.length; i++){
		this.shift();
	}
}

// -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

//
//	Lightbox Class Declaration
//	- initialize()
//	- start()
//	- changeImage()
//	- resizeImageContainer()
//	- showImage()
//	- updateDetails()
//	- updateNav()
//	- enableKeyboardNav()
//	- disableKeyboardNav()
//	- keyboardNavAction()
//	- preloadNeighborImages()
//	- end()
//
//	Structuring of code inspired by Scott Upton (http://www.uptonic.com/)
//
var Lightbox = Class.create();

Lightbox.prototype = {
	
	// initialize()
	// Constructor runs on completion of the DOM loading. Loops through anchor tags looking for 
	// 'lightbox' references and applies onclick events to appropriate links. The 2nd section of
	// the function inserts html at the bottom of the page which is used to display the shadow 
	// overlay and the image container.
	//
	initialize: function() {	
		if (!document.getElementsByTagName){ return; }
		var anchors = document.getElementsByTagName('a');

		// loop through all anchor tags
		for (var i=0; i<anchors.length; i++){
			var anchor = anchors[i];
			
			var relAttribute = String(anchor.getAttribute('rel'));
			
			// use the string.match() method to catch 'lightbox' references in the rel attribute
			if (anchor.getAttribute('href') && (relAttribute.toLowerCase().match('lightbox'))){
				anchor.onclick = function () {myLightbox.start(this); return false;}
			}
		}

		// The rest of this code inserts html at the bottom of the page that looks similar to this:
		//
		//	<div id="overlay"></div>
		//	<div id="lightbox">
		//		<div id="outerImageContainer">
		//			<div id="imageContainer">
		//				<img id="lightboxImage">
		//				<div style="" id="hoverNav">
		//					<a href="#" id="prevLink"></a>
		//					<a href="#" id="nextLink"></a>
		//				</div>
		//				<div id="loading">
		//					<a href="#" id="loadingLink">
		//						<img src="images/loading.gif">
		//					</a>
		//				</div>
		//			</div>
		//		</div>
		//		<div id="imageDataContainer">
		//			<div id="imageData">
		//				<div id="imageDetails">
		//					<span id="caption"></span>
		//					<span id="numberDisplay"></span>
		//				</div>
		//				<div id="bottomNav">
		//					<a href="#" id="bottomNavClose">
		//						<img src="images/close.gif">
		//					</a>
		//				</div>
		//			</div>
		//		</div>
		//	</div>


		var objBody = document.getElementsByTagName("body").item(0);
		
		var objOverlay = document.createElement("div");
		objOverlay.setAttribute('id','overlay');
		objOverlay.style.display = 'none';
		objOverlay.onclick = function() { myLightbox.end(); return false; }
		objBody.appendChild(objOverlay);
		
		var objLightbox = document.createElement("div");
		objLightbox.setAttribute('id','lightbox');
		objLightbox.style.display = 'none';
		objBody.appendChild(objLightbox);
	
		var objOuterImageContainer = document.createElement("div");
		objOuterImageContainer.setAttribute('id','outerImageContainer');
		objLightbox.appendChild(objOuterImageContainer);

		var objImageContainer = document.createElement("div");
		objImageContainer.setAttribute('id','imageContainer');
		objOuterImageContainer.appendChild(objImageContainer);
	
		var objLightboxImage = document.createElement("img");
		objLightboxImage.setAttribute('id','lightboxImage');
		objImageContainer.appendChild(objLightboxImage);
	
		var objHoverNav = document.createElement("div");
		objHoverNav.setAttribute('id','hoverNav');
		objImageContainer.appendChild(objHoverNav);
	
		var objPrevLink = document.createElement("a");
		objPrevLink.setAttribute('id','prevLink');
		objPrevLink.setAttribute('href','#');
		objHoverNav.appendChild(objPrevLink);
		
		var objNextLink = document.createElement("a");
		objNextLink.setAttribute('id','nextLink');
		objNextLink.setAttribute('href','#');
		objHoverNav.appendChild(objNextLink);
	
		var objLoading = document.createElement("div");
		objLoading.setAttribute('id','loading');
		objImageContainer.appendChild(objLoading);
	
		var objLoadingLink = document.createElement("a");
		objLoadingLink.setAttribute('id','loadingLink');
		objLoadingLink.setAttribute('href','#');
		objLoadingLink.onclick = function() { myLightbox.end(); return false; }
		objLoading.appendChild(objLoadingLink);
	
		var objLoadingImage = document.createElement("img");
		objLoadingImage.setAttribute('src', fileLoadingImage);
		objLoadingLink.appendChild(objLoadingImage);

		var objImageDataContainer = document.createElement("div");
		objImageDataContainer.setAttribute('id','imageDataContainer');
		objImageDataContainer.className = 'clearfix';
		objLightbox.appendChild(objImageDataContainer);

		var objImageData = document.createElement("div");
		objImageData.setAttribute('id','imageData');
		objImageDataContainer.appendChild(objImageData);
	
		var objImageDetails = document.createElement("div");
		objImageDetails.setAttribute('id','imageDetails');
		objImageData.appendChild(objImageDetails);
	
		var objCaption = document.createElement("span");
		objCaption.setAttribute('id','caption');
		objImageDetails.appendChild(objCaption);
	
		var objNumberDisplay = document.createElement("span");
		objNumberDisplay.setAttribute('id','numberDisplay');
		objImageDetails.appendChild(objNumberDisplay);
		
		var objBottomNav = document.createElement("div");
		objBottomNav.setAttribute('id','bottomNav');
		objImageData.appendChild(objBottomNav);
	
		var objBottomNavCloseLink = document.createElement("a");
		objBottomNavCloseLink.setAttribute('id','bottomNavClose');
		objBottomNavCloseLink.setAttribute('href','#');
		objBottomNavCloseLink.onclick = function() { myLightbox.end(); return false; }
		objBottomNav.appendChild(objBottomNavCloseLink);
	
		var objBottomNavCloseImage = document.createElement("img");
		objBottomNavCloseImage.setAttribute('src', fileBottomNavCloseImage);
		objBottomNavCloseLink.appendChild(objBottomNavCloseImage);
	},
	
	//
	//	start()
	//	Display overlay and lightbox. If image is part of a set, add siblings to imageArray.
	//
	start: function(imageLink) {	

		hideSelectBoxes();

		// stretch overlay to fill page and fade in
		var arrayPageSize = getPageSize();
		Element.setHeight('overlay', arrayPageSize[1]);
		new Effect.Appear('overlay', { duration: 0.2, from: 0.0, to: 0.8 });

		imageArray = [];
		imageNum = 0;		

		if (!document.getElementsByTagName){ return; }
		var anchors = document.getElementsByTagName('a');

		// if image is NOT part of a set..
		if((imageLink.getAttribute('rel') == 'lightbox')){
			// add single image to imageArray
			imageArray.push(new Array(imageLink.getAttribute('href'), imageLink.getAttribute('title')));			
		} else {
		// if image is part of a set..

			// loop through anchors, find other images in set, and add them to imageArray
			for (var i=0; i<anchors.length; i++){
				var anchor = anchors[i];
				if (anchor.getAttribute('href') && (anchor.getAttribute('rel') == imageLink.getAttribute('rel'))){
					imageArray.push(new Array(anchor.getAttribute('href'), anchor.getAttribute('title')));
				}
			}
			imageArray.removeDuplicates();
			while(imageArray[imageNum][0] != imageLink.getAttribute('href')) { imageNum++;}
		}

		// calculate top offset for the lightbox and display 
		var arrayPageSize = getPageSize();
		var arrayPageScroll = getPageScroll();
		var lightboxTop = arrayPageScroll[1] + (arrayPageSize[3] / 15);

		Element.setTop('lightbox', lightboxTop);
		Element.show('lightbox');
		
		this.changeImage(imageNum);
	},

	//
	//	changeImage()
	//	Hide most elements and preload image in preparation for resizing image container.
	//
	changeImage: function(imageNum) {	
		
		activeImage = imageNum;	// update global var

		// hide elements during transition
		Element.show('loading');
		Element.hide('lightboxImage');
		Element.hide('hoverNav');
		Element.hide('prevLink');
		Element.hide('nextLink');
		Element.hide('imageDataContainer');
		Element.hide('numberDisplay');		
		
		imgPreloader = new Image();
		
		// once image is preloaded, resize image container
		imgPreloader.onload=function(){
			Element.setSrc('lightboxImage', imageArray[activeImage][0]);
			myLightbox.resizeImageContainer(imgPreloader.width, imgPreloader.height);
		}
		imgPreloader.src = imageArray[activeImage][0];
	},

	//
	//	resizeImageContainer()
	//
	resizeImageContainer: function( imgWidth, imgHeight) {

		// get current height and width
		this.wCur = Element.getWidth('outerImageContainer');
		this.hCur = Element.getHeight('outerImageContainer');

		// scalars based on change from old to new
		this.xScale = ((imgWidth  + (borderSize * 2)) / this.wCur) * 100;
		this.yScale = ((imgHeight  + (borderSize * 2)) / this.hCur) * 100;

		// calculate size difference between new and old image, and resize if necessary
		wDiff = (this.wCur - borderSize * 2) - imgWidth;
		hDiff = (this.hCur - borderSize * 2) - imgHeight;

		if(!( hDiff == 0)){ new Effect.Scale('outerImageContainer', this.yScale, {scaleX: false, duration: resizeDuration, queue: 'front'}); }
		if(!( wDiff == 0)){ new Effect.Scale('outerImageContainer', this.xScale, {scaleY: false, delay: resizeDuration, duration: resizeDuration}); }

		// if new and old image are same size and no scaling transition is necessary, 
		// do a quick pause to prevent image flicker.
		if((hDiff == 0) && (wDiff == 0)){
			if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf("MSIE")!=-1){ pause(250); } else { pause(100);} 
		}

		Element.setHeight('prevLink', imgHeight);
		Element.setHeight('nextLink', imgHeight);
		Element.setWidth( 'imageDataContainer', imgWidth + (borderSize * 2));

		this.showImage();
	},
	
	//
	//	showImage()
	//	Display image and begin preloading neighbors.
	//
	showImage: function(){
		Element.hide('loading');
		new Effect.Appear('lightboxImage', { duration: 0.5, queue: 'end', afterFinish: function(){	myLightbox.updateDetails(); } });
		this.preloadNeighborImages();
	},

	//
	//	updateDetails()
	//	Display caption, image number, and bottom nav.
	//
	updateDetails: function() {
	
		Element.show('caption');
		Element.setInnerHTML( 'caption', imageArray[activeImage][1]);
		
		// if image is part of set display 'Image x of x' 
		if(imageArray.length > 1){
			Element.show('numberDisplay');
			Element.setInnerHTML( 'numberDisplay', "Image " + eval(activeImage + 1) + " of " + imageArray.length);
		}

		new Effect.Parallel(
			[ new Effect.SlideDown( 'imageDataContainer', { sync: true, duration: resizeDuration + 0.25, from: 0.0, to: 1.0 }), 
			  new Effect.Appear('imageDataContainer', { sync: true, duration: 1.0 }) ], 
			{ duration: 0.65, afterFinish: function() { myLightbox.updateNav();} } 
		);
	},

	//
	//	updateNav()
	//	Display appropriate previous and next hover navigation.
	//
	updateNav: function() {

		Element.show('hoverNav');				

		// if not first image in set, display prev image button
		if(activeImage != 0){
			Element.show('prevLink');
			document.getElementById('prevLink').onclick = function() {
				myLightbox.changeImage(activeImage - 1); return false;
			}
		}

		// if not last image in set, display next image button
		if(activeImage != (imageArray.length - 1)){
			Element.show('nextLink');
			document.getElementById('nextLink').onclick = function() {
				myLightbox.changeImage(activeImage + 1); return false;
			}
		}
		
		this.enableKeyboardNav();
	},

	//
	//	enableKeyboardNav()
	//
	enableKeyboardNav: function() {
		document.onkeydown = this.keyboardAction; 
	},

	//
	//	disableKeyboardNav()
	//
	disableKeyboardNav: function() {
		document.onkeydown = '';
	},

	//
	//	keyboardAction()
	//
	keyboardAction: function(e) {
		if (e == null) { // ie
			keycode = event.keyCode;
		} else { // mozilla
			keycode = e.which;
		}

		key = String.fromCharCode(keycode).toLowerCase();
		
		if((key == 'x') || (key == 'o') || (key == 'c')){	// close lightbox
			myLightbox.end();
		} else if(key == 'p'){	// display previous image
			if(activeImage != 0){
				myLightbox.disableKeyboardNav();
				myLightbox.changeImage(activeImage - 1);
			}
		} else if(key == 'n'){	// display next image
			if(activeImage != (imageArray.length - 1)){
				myLightbox.disableKeyboardNav();
				myLightbox.changeImage(activeImage + 1);
			}
		}


	},

	//
	//	preloadNeighborImages()
	//	Preload previous and next images.
	//
	preloadNeighborImages: function(){

		if((imageArray.length - 1) > activeImage){
			preloadNextImage = new Image();
			preloadNextImage.src = imageArray[activeImage + 1][0];
		}
		if(activeImage > 0){
			preloadPrevImage = new Image();
			preloadPrevImage.src = imageArray[activeImage - 1][0];
		}
	
	},

	//
	//	end()
	//
	end: function() {
		this.disableKeyboardNav();
		Element.hide('lightbox');
		new Effect.Fade('overlay', { duration: 0.2});
		showSelectBoxes();
	}
}

// -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

//
// getPageScroll()
// Returns array with x,y page scroll values.
// Core code from - quirksmode.org
//
function getPageScroll(){

	var yScroll;

	if (self.pageYOffset) {
		yScroll = self.pageYOffset;
	} else if (document.documentElement && document.documentElement.scrollTop){	 // Explorer 6 Strict
		yScroll = document.documentElement.scrollTop;
	} else if (document.body) {// all other Explorers
		yScroll = document.body.scrollTop;
	}

	arrayPageScroll = new Array('',yScroll) 
	return arrayPageScroll;
}

// -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

//
// getPageSize()
// Returns array with page width, height and window width, height
// Core code from - quirksmode.org
// Edit for Firefox by pHaez
//
function getPageSize(){
	
	var xScroll, yScroll;
	
	if (window.innerHeight && window.scrollMaxY) {	
		xScroll = document.body.scrollWidth;
		yScroll = window.innerHeight + window.scrollMaxY;
	} else if (document.body.scrollHeight > document.body.offsetHeight){ // all but Explorer Mac
		xScroll = document.body.scrollWidth;
		yScroll = document.body.scrollHeight;
	} else { // Explorer Mac...would also work in Explorer 6 Strict, Mozilla and Safari
		xScroll = document.body.offsetWidth;
		yScroll = document.body.offsetHeight;
	}
	
	var windowWidth, windowHeight;
	if (self.innerHeight) {	// all except Explorer
		windowWidth = self.innerWidth;
		windowHeight = self.innerHeight;
	} else if (document.documentElement && document.documentElement.clientHeight) { // Explorer 6 Strict Mode
		windowWidth = document.documentElement.clientWidth;
		windowHeight = document.documentElement.clientHeight;
	} else if (document.body) { // other Explorers
		windowWidth = document.body.clientWidth;
		windowHeight = document.body.clientHeight;
	}	
	
	// for small pages with total height less then height of the viewport
	if(yScroll < windowHeight){
		pageHeight = windowHeight;
	} else { 
		pageHeight = yScroll;
	}

	// for small pages with total width less then width of the viewport
	if(xScroll < windowWidth){	
		pageWidth = windowWidth;
	} else {
		pageWidth = xScroll;
	}


	arrayPageSize = new Array(pageWidth,pageHeight,windowWidth,windowHeight) 
	return arrayPageSize;
}

// -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

//
// getKey(key)
// Gets keycode. If 'x' is pressed then it hides the lightbox.
//
function getKey(e){
	if (e == null) { // ie
		keycode = event.keyCode;
	} else { // mozilla
		keycode = e.which;
	}
	key = String.fromCharCode(keycode).toLowerCase();
	
	if(key == 'x'){
	}
}

// -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

//
// listenKey()
//
function listenKey () {	document.onkeypress = getKey; }
	
// ---------------------------------------------------

function showSelectBoxes(){
	selects = document.getElementsByTagName("select");
	for (i = 0; i != selects.length; i++) {
		selects[i].style.visibility = "visible";
	}
}

// ---------------------------------------------------

function hideSelectBoxes(){
	selects = document.getElementsByTagName("select");
	for (i = 0; i != selects.length; i++) {
		selects[i].style.visibility = "hidden";
	}
}

// ---------------------------------------------------

//
// pause(numberMillis)
// Pauses code execution for specified time. Uses busy code, not good.
// Code from http://www.faqts.com/knowledge_base/view.phtml/aid/1602
//
function pause(numberMillis) {
	var now = new Date();
	var exitTime = now.getTime() + numberMillis;
	while (true) {
		now = new Date();
		if (now.getTime() > exitTime)
			return;
	}
}

// ---------------------------------------------------



function initLightbox() { myLightbox = new Lightbox(); }
Event.observe(window, 'load', initLightbox, false);