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I need to find the source files for iframes that you cannot right-click inside of to view the properties, which means I can't get to the direct url.  I also can't find this information by doing a view source on the page.  I was wondering if anyone knew of an application out there somewhere that could tell me what the source of each iframe is?
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Use FireBug for FireFox. This is the ESSENTIAL tool for any web developer or software engineer.

http://getfirebug.com/

Once you install firebug hit the "INSPECT" button and it will tell you the URL. Etc.

Let me know if this help.

-- jenni
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Hi Jenni.  I'd love to do that, but the powers that be have banned FireFox from our company so I can't go that route.
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daaaaang. that sux.

So when you view the HTML there should be an <iframe> tag somewhere? If not ... how about a <frame>? If neither of these are present then most likely the data is being loaded into a container like a div asynchronously (ajax!) through some method.

You need to monitor the XHR (xml http requests) that are coming out of IE to see what page is loading the data. There are ways to do that.

Its there somewhere... we just gotta find it!

Can you post the URL?

-- jq

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Therein lies the issue.  There are iframe tags, but they only point to the side menu bar and the homepage url for the app within the content iframe.  (Which I'm not on the homepage when I do the view source.)  The app is written by an outside vendor, and sits on our internal network, so there's no URL you'd be able to reach.  I run into complex issues with what should be simple a lot in this app.  It's got over 8,500 files on the backend with hundreds of tables and stored procs.  It's a beast to figure out!!  :)

The XHR method sounds promising though.  I'm going to do some research on that.  Do you know any particular way of tracking that?  I'd love to find some app that could create a detailed audit trail of everything going through my browser.  That would be so useful for stuff like this!
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JenniQ earned 500 total points
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Bleh sounds like a HEADACHE.

Yes there is a great tool to track XHR requests........... It's called FIREBUG!

Hahahaha. Sorry...

Personally, I've used HTTPAnalyzer from IE Inspector

http://www.ieinspector.com/httpanalyzer/

I've also heard good things about Fiddler, but I've never used it.

http://www.fiddlertool.com/fiddler/

Also, there's the old standard Ethereal/Wireshark (I think these are the
same product)

http://www.wireshark.org/

http://www.ethereal.com/

So whats the URL in the IFRAME is it blank? What happens when you hit that URL is there anything in it>?

-- jq

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Wow, thanks for the app tips, I'll check them out immediately!!

The iframe tags contain relative url's, which work fine when used with the rest of the path.  The problem I'm having is that the app is loaded with iframes and there are times I need to know exactly what page is being called in a particular iframe, but can't find out without spending hours digging through code.

Thanks so much for your help!!!!!
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Sure that should help!

If you need help loading those nasty hidden framed pages lemme know.

If ur done with this problem them you can mark the answer :)

Good luck XD

-- jq
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