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Is it possible instruct a page to open in a child window?

Hello all,

I have some html code that I need to open in a child window.

This is easy to accomplish if I am calling this html code through other html.

<script type="text/javascript">"page_to_open_in_child_window.html","","location=0,toolbar=0,status=0,resizable=1,width=800,height=600");</script>

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But in my situation, I have no access or control over what is calling my "page_to_open_in_child_window.htm". I have tried renaming this file and using the above code in a redirector and it worked... except unfortunately (this is an LMS), using the redirector idea causes the LMS session data to not be retained.

Question is, can I embed the same instructions inside of my "page_to_open_in_child_window.htm"? Can this be done through HTML and/or javascript and/or CSS?

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If you want to fully load the content from your script then leave the first argument to blank, e.g.,

myWin ="","", "location=0,toolbar=0,status=0,resizable=1,width=800,height=600");

Then you can do something like this:
myWin.document.writeln("<html><body>Hello, world!</body></html>")

In that way, you don't need a pre-existing webpage.

On the other hand, if you need for something to be loaded by the LMS so that you have its session data then create a super simple page. It can be as simple as:

Then you can do something like this:
myWin.document.body.innerHTML += "Hello, world!<p>"
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Hello tdlewis,

Thanks for your response but not even close. LOL  Though, I suspect my description wasn't nearly good enough.

The problem is that in opening a child window, I must also carry a two-way communications with the parent window API. This is where it is slightly more complicated than simply opening a child window.
OK. Can you give a brief description of what you need the parent and child windows to do?
Hello tdlewis,

This might be beyond the scope of a EE question but here goes... I have attached two files.

First is the index.html - this file is the first to load and it establishes the API and then

Test-sample.htm - there is more variables (part of the API) and this file then opens the FLASH file (not included).

Throughout this process, the API calls establish a 2 way comm link from the LMS to the FLASH file (lesson actually).

What I am trying to accomplish is to open that Flash lesson in a child window and maintain the 2 way comm link to/from the LMS.

What do you think?
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tdlewis: For all your effort, thank you.