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Hiya........
A web page that has 3 frames, "top", "choose" and "show_info".
there is a form inside "choose" called "readad", this has a text box called N"AMESTART".
When I hit enter after putting a value in "NAMESTART"  it targets another frameset into show_info that has two frames "view" and "buttons".
At this stage (once view has loaded), I want to put the focus into NAMESTART (back up a couple of levels) and reset it, so that its empty.
Thanks
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by:knightEknight
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First of all, rename your top frame to something besides "top" since this is an HTML keyword.  I suggest "topframe".

Then, in one of the files that goes into either the view frame or the buttons frame, do this:

<BODY onLoad='top.choose.document.readad.NAMESTART.value="";top.choose.document.readad.NAMESTART.focus();'>

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.. BTW, I meant to say that "top" is a JavaScript keyword.
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by:rickyr
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I tried this, (I have actually been trying this all along) but the focus doesn't get set, nor does it get reset.

I am doing this successfully for the same frame while a different form is in there.
heeeeeelp
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by:knightEknight
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In that case I would put the above code in the BODY tag of both the view frame and the buttons frame.  You might also want to put the whole thing in a setTimeout to give it an extra few milliseconds:

<BODY onLoad=setTimeout('top.choose.document.readad.NAMESTART.value="";top.choose.document.readad.NAMESTART.focus();',100)>


both this code, and the code above assume that your frame is named "choose", ie  <FRAME name="choose"

check also the name of your form and your textbox -- remember, these are all case-sensitive.
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by:knightEknight
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... could also be a simple HTML error, like a form within a form, or something wierd like that might cause this problem.
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by:rickyr
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Looks OK!
Could it be that I made a mistake about the levels in the frameset. Is there a way tp explicitly set it to the choose frame regardless of what frameset its nested in.
regards
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by:knightEknight
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Assuming that "choose" is one of your top level frames, then top.choose should work.  You could try parent.choose
Are you getting any error messages?  

Try this for debugging purposes:

<BODY onLoad='alert(self.name+" loaded");top.choose.document.readad.NAMESTART.value="";top.choose.document.readad.NAMESTART.focus();'>
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