True Window Focus
Posted on 1997-12-19
After having a parent window open a child window, I am now trying to have that child window stay focused on top. The reason for this is I am using the new window as a navigation system. When a user clicks on places in the new window, it changes screens in the parent frames. The problem is that when a user clicks in the parent frame or anywhere else, they lose the focus of the child window. That's no big deal for people who are familiar with windows and browser operation. You just click in the task bar to get your window back. But for those who are unfamiliar computer users, it's really annoying to try to bring back the window.
I tried a few crazy ideas like "onblur=window.focus()" but that takes total control. The window stays on top, but it denies access to any other windows (including other programs) except for itself.
I recognize that the above is simply the way nearly ALL windows work in Win95 and other operating systems. However, this hasn't always been the case with good GUI design.
Anyone have any suggestions on how to make this work?