Open a new site by clicking a Button (Simulation of a hyperlink)

Posted on 2008-10-01
Last Modified: 2013-12-17

I have a problem. I would like to configure a Button to redirect to another site by clicking it.
Just like a link.

How does ist work?

I tried it with following code, but it doesn't work!
Button1.Attributes.Add("onClick", "window.parent.location='" + result[3] + "'; window.location='" + result[3] + "';");

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Question by:eb2007
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Expert Comment

ID: 22614606
Hello eb2007,

When do you use this code, the .Attributes.Add allows you to add a client-side script function to the event. This can only be done before the elemnt is rendered. You cannot do this on postback for example as it will indeed have no effect. Additionally what is the value of result[3]? Is it available and correct at the time you add the attribute to the element? you also don't need to set both the parent and current location at the same time, in fact it is illogical to do so.



Author Comment

ID: 22614679
Hello TimCottee,

this line of code is called in the page_load() function. It should enrich a button with client-side properties.
result[3] is only an entry from the result-set of a database response object. The function should be enriched with links coming from a database.


Author Comment

ID: 22614708
Like this:

                    while (result.Read())
                            Button1.Attributes.Add("onClick", "window.parent.location='" + result[3] + "'; window.location='" + result[3] + "';");

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Expert Comment

ID: 22614771

Ok, are you sure that it even executes this line (presumably you are certain that the datareader has rows.

It seems strange to me that you are adding potentially many onclick attributes to the same button, this in itself may cause conflicts and as noted above if there are no rows iterated then you won't even get any added.

One way to narrow down where the problem is, is to skip this step and just have:


If when you click this button you get back to EE then you know that the mechanism works.


Author Comment

ID: 22614973
But with


the same site refreshes and nothing happens. Not even a new site appears.
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Accepted Solution

TimCottee earned 125 total points
ID: 22614999

Ok, then what is happening is that the page is being submitted which trumps the redirect:

Button1.Attributes.Add("OnClick","window.location.href='';return false;");

Should deal with that.

IF then you get to the new site on clicking the button you can then put this back into your loop and test the next stage. If that doesn't take you to a new page then you know that the issue is related to either the way you are assigning the new window.location.href or that this value is simply empty.


Author Closing Comment

ID: 31501983
Thanks! It worked with "return false;"

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