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Javascript code to detect loss of internet connectivity

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I am writing a web based chat service much like the one here:
http://code.jenseng.com/jenChat/

My question is this, if you look at that example, it uses a hidden iFrame that auto-refreshes itself then writes any new chat lines it pulls to the main menu, which works great, until the client looses their internet connection. Then the auto-refreshing iFrame turns into a page cannot be displayed error, and no further lines in the chat are displayed since that page is no-longer auto-refreshing. My question becomes what would be the best way to detect that the frame is no longer refreshing and force a reload every 5-10 seconds until the connection resumes itself, then of course the iFrame's own refresh would take over? This has to assume a complete loss of internet connectivity, so I would assume it would be a bit of javascript in the main page that does not auto-refresh, so it would continue to work even if a loss of connectivity is experienced.

Any help in the right direction would be appreciated, thank you!
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