CGI that opens new, small top window
Posted on 2004-09-10
This may not be the right area to ask this question, if not, point me to the right one.
Our site has a huge archive of past issues of a daily web page (20 times a month)...1998-2004. I want to scrap the static index.html pages to the pages and instead dynamically build the index to the past issues with two small options pulldowns for the user: Year and Month , which then are passed to a CGI... the CGI checks the directories for that year/month and builds a small set of links for the days when the page was posted, poke these into a small html template file and then send back to the client a small list of all the issues on line in the archives for that month. Actually, that is all a piece of cake... Easy enough...
but is it possible for the CGI to tell the browser to open a new top window with a smaller rect? instead of simply taking over the current window? I want the index page to the past issues to in a small window in top of the window they were viewing. If they dismiss the index... they drop back to the window they were in. the browser window from which the CGI call was POSTed, remains there, in the back, unchanged. Of course I know about java popupwindow functions, and for links "target="_blank" but what I think i need is some preloading directive that would be in the http header, so that the browser know, hey open a new top window with this rect... is that possible?
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