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Navigating to Document Referrer even if window.location used previously

Posted on 2003-12-12
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Hi

I need to create a back button which goes to the previous page however history.go dosnt work as I use forms submitting to invisible frames so it sends them back instead of the main screen.  Document referrer was my next thought but it only works if the current page was loaded from an html <a href> and not with a javascript onclick="window.location='';"

Can I get this information when window.location navigation has been used ?

Thanks
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Question by:rfila
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by:fritz_the_blank
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If you can use server side code, create your own back button that will post the values back to the previous page. You can then repopulate your fields using the request object.

Fritz the Blank
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by:devic
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hi rfila,

all works fine, where is the problem?


===============beginn page1.html==============

<a href=page2.html class=text>click here page2.html</a>

===============end page1.html================





===============beginn page2.html==============

<script>
function runit()
{
      history.back();
}
</script>
<button onclick=runit()>back go back</button>

<form action=http://www.google.com/search target=hidden_iframe>
      <input type=text name=q value=hurra>
      <input type=submit>
</form>
is no hidden for testing:
<iframe name=hidden_iframe></iframe>

===============end page2.html================
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JakobA earned 500 total points
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No.
When you swithc to a new page using javascript, no value is set into document.referrer.

the easiest way around this is to use an invisible link:

at the top of your <body  section:
<body ... >
    <a href=""></a>

then whereever you have a line like
     self.location.href = "newpage.html";
you write instead:
     document.links[0].href = "newpage.html"; document.links[0].click();

it is now the link that sends you on and the referrer property is set when you arrive at the new page.

regards JakobA
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by:gam3r_3xtr3m3
ID: 9933892
maybe place it into a query string:

main.html
------------
<body onLoad="document.frm1.urlback.value=escape(window.location)">
<form name="frm1" action="next.html" method="get">
<input type="text" name="text1" /><input type="submit" />
<input type="hidden" name="urlback" />
</form>

next.html
-----------
<input type="button" value="Go Back!" onClick="window.location=unescape(window.location.href.split('urlback')[1].split('=')[1]));" />
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