How to Pass Parameters from Address Bar.. Pls Help!

How do I pass parameters from the address bar into javascript variables? For example:

My address bar says:

I want javascript to do:
document.write("Stock Number is "+stk_no);
document.write("Description is "+stk_desc);

Pls help.. Thanks in advance for all the help.
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callrsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
<script type="text/javascript">
// Extract parameters from a url
function Q(url, qs){
var query=url.substring(url.indexOf("?")+1)
if(!query.length) return "";
var els=query.split("&")
var params=[];
for (var i=0; i<els.length; i++) params[i]=els[i].split("=");
for (var i=0; i<params.length; i++) if(params[i][0]==qs) return unescape(params[i][1]);
return "";
var URL=""
//var URL=document.location.href
document.write("Stock Number is '"+Q(URL,"stk_no")+"'<br>");
document.write("Description is '"+Q(URL,"stk_desc")+"'<br>");
document.write("Etc. is '"+Q(URL,"etc.")+"'<br>");

(Could be much improved upon, but the basic logic is here)
bemara57Author Commented:
Ok I found the answer.. a great function:

//Retrieve parameter from URL
function getURLParam(strParamName){
  var strReturn = "";
  var strHref = window.location.href;
  if (strHref.indexOf("?") > -1){
    var strQueryString = strHref.substr(strHref.indexOf("?")).toLowerCase();
    var aQueryString = strQueryString.split("&");
    for (var iParam = 0; iParam < aQueryString.length; iParam++){
      if (aQueryString[iParam].indexOf(strParamName + "=") > -1 ){
        var aParam = aQueryString[iParam].split("=");
        strReturn = aParam[1];
  return strReturn;

I have a little problem with this though. For some reason, it returns the parameter in all lower case and even literally puts %20 between the words, instead of spaces. Why is this and how do I change the function to return the exact parameter?
bemara57Author Commented:
oh I see why the lowercase, because the toLowerCase function in there which I took out. But why the %20?
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