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is there a winow.open option for a hyperlink in a table?

jm76 asked
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Last Modified: 2010-04-17

I have a table on FORM1 and one column in the table is a hyperlink. I want the hyperlink to go to another page when clicked, but when the new page closes I would like the Form1 to show again.  Does that make sense, kind of how window.open works?  Below is the hyperlink column in my code.  It's in asp.net/VB

 <asp:TemplateColumn HeaderText="Name">

                                     <asp:Hyperlink id="Hyperlink1"                              
                                     Text='<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "name") %>'
                                     Runat=server />                                


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why not use window.open to get the new page in the first place?  You could then reference the opening page with window.opener on close to place focus on the opener again : ).

...if you don't want a postback:  

<asp:Hyperlink id="Hyperlink1" NavigateUrl="javascript:OpenWindow()" ...etc

<script language=javascript>
     function OpenWindow()
          detail_form = window.open('idmd/ppddetailform.aspx', 'detail_form');

...or you can do the same thing from codebehind, if you don't mind a postback.  just change the link to a button (or linkbutton) and place the following within the button's click routine:

RegisterClientScriptBlock("detailWindow", "<script language='javascript'>detail_form = window.open('idmd/ppddetailform.aspx', 'detail_form'); detail_form.focus(); </script>")

...and then in the other form, something like:

<script language="Javascript">
     function OnClose()


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