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I have an HTML page that displays data. On that form there's a button that opens another HTML (using window.open) that allows the user to change preferences.

The preferences HTML looks like a regular application popup. When the user presses OK, I have a very complicated form, which I want to submit.

My problem - I want the target to be the "main" page - the one that displays the data. I tried using the target property of the form in the popup page, but it doesn't work:
- I can't use "_parent" since the parent of a window created using window.open() is the window itself.
- The same goes for "_top".
- There's no target="_opener" (Using opened I can get from the popup page to the main page).
- I tried having the main page as a frame with a name. Still, having the target of the popup page point to that frame doesn't work.

One final word: I need something to work with IE5+, NN6. Thanks.
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Question by:barakori
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by:third
ID: 7013361
a workaround on this is to create same form from the opener window. upon the click of "ok" button the values of the popup form will be copied to the opener form then submit then close the popup window.


In the main page:

<HTML>
<HEAD>
<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript"><!--
myPopup = '';

function openPopup(url) {
    myPopup = window.open(url,'popupWindow','width=640,height=480');
    if (!myPopup.opener)
         myPopup.opener = self;
}
//--></SCRIPT>
</HEAD>
<BODY>
<FORM>
<INPUT TYPE="BUTTON" VALUE="Open Popup" onClick="openPopup('popupPage.html')">
</FORM>

<FORM NAME="hiddenForm" ACTION="nextPage.html">
<INPUT TYPE="HIDDEN" NAME="myTextField">
</FORM>

</BODY>
</HTML>

 

In the popupPage.html:

<HTML>
<HEAD>
<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript"><!--
function copyForm() {
    opener.document.hiddenForm.myTextField.value = document.popupForm.myTextField.value;
    opener.document.hiddenForm.submit();
    window.close();
    return false;
}
//--></SCRIPT>
</HEAD>
<BODY>
<FORM NAME="popupForm" onSubmit="return copyForm()">
<INPUT TYPE="TEXT" NAME="myTextField">
<INPUT TYPE="BUTTON" VALUE="Submit" onClick="copyForm()">
</FORM>
</BODY>
</HTML>

http://developer.irt.org/script/338.htm 
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Marianne earned 800 total points
ID: 7013372
You should state
<script>window.opener.name="main";</script>
in your popup, and correspondingly put target in form tag:
<form target=main ... >
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by:barakori
ID: 7019627
leveret - Excellent and elegant solution.
Kudos.
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by:Marianne
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barakori,

:-)
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