[thelist] Tricky, tricky problem. capture link location in an iframe of a modal window

Scott Blanchard octigonuser at hotmail.com
Fri Dec 19 13:45:34 CST 2003

I have a real pickle of a problem that I am trying to sort out and just 
wanted to ask for some assistance.

I have a CMS app whose editor has a link inspector to allow users to 
highlight blocks of text and easily create links for them. When they click 
on the "Create Link" icon, a modal dialog (actually its modeless) (IE) or 
dependent (Netscape/Mozilla) window opens that allows them to enter a web 
address in an input field and see a live preview of the page they are 
linking to in an iframe that is located in the central portion of this 
"modeless" window.

Problems I need help with are:

1) When user clicks on a link or navigates from the initial preview page to 
another page, I need to input field to change to reflect the new URL. How 
would I monitor this to copy the new location value into the input field? Is 
their a location.onchange event???

2) If this is done in Mozilla, the links that the user clicks on in the 
preview iframe are opened in the preview iframe, which is what I want to 
happen. However, if the user is in IE, the links all open in a new window. I 
think that this has something to do with the fact that I am in a 
modal/modeless dialog. How can I force IE to open those links in the preview 

I would greatly appreciate any responses or input from you guys. Thanks!!!

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