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Hello all;

I currently have a very complex and multi-layered system in development.  It is necessarry from time to time to time to change a property of an object embedded in an iframe from another locaton.  The result is that i have big calling strings that look like this:

top.window.frames.content.window.frames.dockLayer.setDockOpacity();

What I want to be able to do is create a javascript variable that contains an object reference so that in script I can say something like this:

dockNoSession.setDockOpacirty ();

So, I really want to be able to reference the dom path "top.window.frames.content.window.frames.dockLayer" through a single variable.  Any way to do this?

Many thanks

Tom T
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by:Zvonko
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You already stated the answer in your question.
Here is the answer:
<script>

var dockNoSession = top.frames.content.frames.dockLayer;
dockNoSession.setDockOpacity();

</script>



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by:ttupper21
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No, this doesn't work.  It tells me that dockNoSession is null or not an object unless the variable is local in scope.  That is, if I have a function, I MUST define the path variable locally.  If I declare the variable at a global level, then the browser rejects it.

I have verified this with a function as follows:

function adjustOpacity() {
  var dockNoSession = top.window.frames.content.window.frames.dockLayer;
  dockNoSession.setDockOpacity();
}

This works just fine.  However, the following will NOT:

var dockNoSession = top.window.frames.content.window.frames.dockLayer;

function adjustOpacity() {
  dockNoSession.setDockOpacity();
}

Merely moving the variable declaration to a global scope messes it up.  I need this global scope because if I wanted to declare it locally every time I used it, I would just use the direct call, like so:

top.window.frames.content.window.frames.dockLayer.setDockOpacity

What can be accounting for this strange scope behavior?
      
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Zvonko earned 2000 total points
ID: 17983510
The timing is the problem.
You can assign the global var first AFTER the dockLayer frame is loaded.
So put the global var assignment in that frame document onLoad event handler.

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