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How to attach a src to a iframe

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I have a iFrame control on an ASP.NET aspx page.
I need to add a src value to the control. Currently it is blank

 <iframe id="printFrame"  runat="server"  style="width:0px;height:0px" src="" ></iframe>

The src is a pdf file that is created dynamically with the Session.SessionId appended.
Example if the Session.SessionID is "zjr5j5mw1ti1ym45o2ilkc45", then the file will be stored on the server as

zjr5j5mw1ti1ym45o2ilkc45.pdf in some location under the application.

Example ./PDFFiles/zjr5j5mw1ti1ym45o2ilkc45.pdf

Can I do something like this and point the src to some location of the file

<iframe id="printFrame"  runat="server"  style="width:0px;height:0px" src='<%#Concat(./PDFFiles/Session.SessionID.Value,.pdf %>) ></iframe>

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You can dynamically (or programatically) change the source of an iframe by reassigning the src.
e.g.
<iframe id='myframe' src='test1.html' width=100 height=100></iframe>
<button onclick='document.getElementById("myframe").src="test2.pdf"'>?</button>
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Well, maybe my question is very generic, but I have tried my best to explain what needs to be done.
I very well know how to do the simple stuff as adding a basic src, what I need is to attach a Session.SessionID. alonwith the path name of he location of the src.
I am not a javscript/html expert and need to know if the following will work

Can I do something like this and point the src to some location of the file

<iframe id="printFrame"  runat="server"  style="width:0px;height:0px" src='<%#Concat(./PDFFiles/Session.SessionID.Value,.pdf %>) ></iframe>
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by:dennis_maeder
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yes. But you will need to "quote" your path. Which scripting language is that? Syntax may vary.
<%#Concat("./PDFFiles/Session.SessionID.Value",".pdf" %>)
in PHP it would be somewhat different.
<?php echo $_SERVER["DOCUMENT_ROOT"]."/PDFFiles/Session.SessionID.Value".".pdf"; ?>

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I need the solution in ASP.NET
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by:ahoffmann
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don't know what exactly your Concat() returns as result, but you src= attribute most likely need to look like:
   src='<%#Concat(./PDFFiles/Session.SessionID.Value,.pdf) %>'
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   src="<%#Concat(./PDFFiles/Session.SessionID.Value,.pdf) %>"
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dennis_maeder earned 250 total points
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And there was me thinking this was a javascript TA!
I think your form should be

<iframe id="printFrame"   style="width:0px;height:0px" src="./PDFFiles/<%# runat='server' response.write (Session.SessionID.Value) %>.pdf "></iframe>

runat is ASP not HTML so should be inside the asp tag
For the rest its pure HTML with a little ASP injected to rovide the session ID
response.write dumps it into the html stream
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by:countrymeister
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Dennis,

It gives me an error stating - Too many characters in character literal, when I do a build.

So I did the following
 <iframe id="printFrame"   runat="server" style="width:0px;height:0px" src="~/PDFFiles/<%#Response.Write(Session.SessionID.Value) %>.pdf"> ></iframe>

I believe with ASP.NET 2.0 you can add a runat="server" for an HTML tag.

Thanks for your help
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countrymeister,
I am glad you sorted out the runat and that things are working now.
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