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I need to simulate a click on an href anchor

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I have the following anchor tag that I need to simulate clicking on it on the page onload event.

Basically I need that href tag to be "executed"

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<a id="ooyalaPlayer_1w0o4_fux6xvhi" title="MyGizmo :: Presents..." rel="rokbox[720 404]" href="http://vmysite.com/9xbjlqOsoApB&autoplay=1/ooyalaPlayer_1w0o>Click me to watch video</a>
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<a id="ooyalaPlayer_1w0o4_fux6xvhi" title="MyGizmo :: Presents..." rel="rokbox[720 404]" href="http://vmysite.com/9xbjlqOsoApB&autoplay=1/ooyalaPlayer_1w0o>Click me to watch video</a>

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by:lyhan
ID: 24427816
you can set windows.location.href = any given anchor in the onload function,



windows.location.href = "http://vmysite.com/9xbjlqOsoApB&autoplay=1/ooyalaPlayer_1w0o"

<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
 
 
 
windows.location.href ="http://vmysite.com/9xbjlqOsoApB&autoplay=1/ooyalaPlayer_1w0o";
 
 
</script>

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by:Jossif
ID: 24427844
But that will reload the page with that URL... And as you see, the href call a function via a rel so this will not work, would it?

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by:lyhan
ID: 24427864
I see, please try

document.getElementById('ooyalaPlayer_1w0o4_fux6xvhi').click();

ooyalaPlayer_1w0o4_fux6xvhi is the id by the way
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by:Jossif
ID: 24427922
Nope.... It throws an error:

document.getElementById("ooyalaPlayer_1w0o4_fux6xvh").click is not a function

I think that the click event is just for buttons and not for anchors
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by:Jossif
ID: 24427931
I meant:


document.getElementById("ooyalaPlayer_1w0o4_fux6xvhi").click is not a function
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by:Jossif
ID: 24427971
Basically the rel in that href is calling mootools and I think that's the problem.

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by:lyhan
ID: 24428006
in your code snippet, it's malformed

<a id="ooyalaPlayer_1w0o4_fux6xvhi" title="MyGizmo :: Presents..." rel="rokbox[720 404]" href="http://vmysite.com/9xbjlqOsoApB&autoplay=1/ooyalaPlayer_1w0o<B>"</B>>Click me to watch video</a>

href="..."
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by:lyhan
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it's very possible. It's not easy to find a way to simulate user clicks across different browsers
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Michel Plungjan earned 2000 total points
ID: 24429019
Yes it is


<script>
// allow firefox to handle a click - code possibly by Jason Karl Davis
if(typeof HTMLElement!='undefined'&&!HTMLElement.prototype.click)
HTMLElement.prototype.click=function(){
var evt = this.ownerDocument.createEvent('MouseEvents');
evt.initMouseEvent('click', true, true, this.ownerDocument.defaultView, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, false, false, false, false, 0, null);
this.dispatchEvent(evt);
}
</script>
 
 
document.getElementById('ooyalaPlayer_1w0o4_fux6xvhi').click();

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by:Jossif
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@mplungjan: I am testing your solution later today. If it works, 500 points for you!

Will this work in MSIE 7, FF and Safarr?
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by:Michel Plungjan
ID: 24433806
The code I gave is for FF, MSIE and Safari should work with the click anyway.
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by:Jossif
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500 points for you, mplugian!
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