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Javascript and Ajax Updatepanel Postbacks

Posted on 2010-11-27
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Hello experts!

Here is the code that is causing me trouble.

function check() {
                  document.getElementById("InputBoxTypeText").focus();
        }

        Sys.WebForms.PageRequestManager.getInstance().add_endRequest(check);

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My understanding of this is that after a postback, it should set the focus to the text input, however this does not appear to work.  In order to debug, I added an alert() to the javascript:

function check() {
                  alert("test");
                  document.getElementById("InputBoxTypeText").focus();
        }

        Sys.WebForms.PageRequestManager.getInstance().add_endRequest(check);

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When I run this, the alert comes up and then the focus is set correctly.

Any ideas?  I'm sure i'm missing something fairly obvious...

Thanks,

DT
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by:Sudaraka Wijesinghe
ID: 34221608
Call to the check() function probably comes before the InputBoxTypeText element is rendered properly. That explain why it works when add the alert, that delays the call to focus.
Try using the pageLoaded event instead of the endRequest.
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by:DreadedTuesday
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sudaraka,

Thanks for the suggestion; unfortunately I get the same symptoms.

DT
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Sudaraka Wijesinghe earned 500 total points
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Is the element InputBoxTypeText on the page and enable when the focus is called? Do you see any JavaScript errors?

Try some thing like below. experiment with the delay to see if delaying the call make it works.
function check() {
                  window.setTimeout(document.getElementById("InputBoxTypeText").focus(), 2000);
        }

        Sys.WebForms.PageRequestManager.getInstance().add_endRequest(check);

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by:DreadedTuesday
ID: 34221648
Wow, that seems to do it!  Nicely diagnosed, I had not even considered that.  Looks like my skills are rustier than i thought...
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by:Sudaraka Wijesinghe
ID: 34221679
Glad to hear it worked. But I wouldn't use a delay as a final solution for this as it would still fail in a situation like in a slow internet connection.
You will need to find out an event that make the element focusable and call the check function from there, or make sure the element is focusable when the  pageLoaded or on endRequest events occur.
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by:DreadedTuesday
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Do you have any suggestions?  The text input in question needs to be in focus to accept input from a handheld barcode scanner (it enters data into whatever is in focus at the time).  I have it getting the first one, but when it updates and returns the page it needs to reset the focus so the user doesnt have to manually select the box again.
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by:Sudaraka Wijesinghe
ID: 34221899
Does the page reload after submitting the first one? if so, you can call this code on window.onload or dom ready event.
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by:DreadedTuesday
ID: 34221923
the whole page doesnt reload, just the updatepanel.  I have it doign this at the moment:

            var elem = document.getElementById("InputBoxTypeText");
            elem.focus();
            while (elem != document.activeElement) {
                elem = document.getElementById("InputBoxTypeText");
                elem.focus();
            }

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by:Sudaraka Wijesinghe
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Nice workaround!
Thanks for the points.
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