Popup code on Javascript onLoad event won't work

I have the following, very simple code running on a page:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1" />
<title>Gift Cards</title>
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
      function popup() {
            window.open('gtpage.html', 'tourpopup', 'width=660,height=400,location=no,menubar=no,resizable=no,scrollbars=no,status=no,toolbar=no,directories=no');

<body onload="popup()">

All it really does is load a popup window with a Flash guided tour, but this code doesn't do anything. Adding a button on the page, with an onload event that calls the popup() function works just fine, but I can't get it to pop up the window once the blank page loads.

Can anybody tell me what the problem is? I even tried adding "return true;" to the end of the function, but it doesn't help.

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rdivilbissConnect With a Mentor Commented:
While I see no obvious reason why the above will not work, I suggest you always check for an open child before creating one.

The obvious thing that comes to mind is, of course, pop up blockers in browsers.

The next thing could be timing...e.g. the onload is trying to execute before the page has fully loaded.

<script type="text/javascript">
var childPopup = null;

function popup() {
      if (childPopup != null) {
            if (childPopup.closed == false)
    childPopup = window.open('gtpage.html', 'tourpopup', 'width=660,height=400,location=no,menubar=no,resizable=no,scrollbars=no,status=no,toolbar=no,directories=no');
    return childPopup;


<body onload="setTimeout(popup,1000);">

The setTimeout will wait a second before attempting to open the child window.
b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
Try rewriting it as ...

      function popup() {
            var w = window.open('gtpage.html', 'tourpopup', 'width=660,height=400,location=no,menubar=no,resizable=no,scrollbars=no,status=no,toolbar=no,directories=no');

And then use onload="popup(); return false;"

How does that work?  As you are testing this are you fully reloading the page or just using Back or Refresh?

Let me know if you have a question or need more info.

TerranRichAuthor Commented:
I'm refreshing it the right way, clearing the cache.

And your suggestion unfortunately didn't work.
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If pop up blockers are an issue, you could put your tour page HTML inside a division and pop over the division after loading the page.

This example uses a form, but the content of the division is not relevant.

I assume there are no popup blockers in the middle that might be blocking the popup, correct?
<body onload="popup()">

is wrong. It should be:

<body onload=popup;>
oh, wait - I'm wrong - thinking it was

window.onload = popup;

which you might try instead of

<body onload="popup()">
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