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Pop-up Window Calling Parent Window's Server-side Code

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Pop-up window calling parent window's server-side code in ASP.NET.

Introduction

When a parent window pop-ups a child window, there's no direct way for the child to call the parent's server-side code. This article presents a workaround for the child pop-up window to call the parent's server side code, i.e., the code-behind

Background

I have been trying to find a way for the child window to call the parent's server-side code. After some Googling, I couldn't find any. So, I came up with a workaround with some JavaScript code. I am not sure if this workaround will impose any security issues; any feedback is greatly appreciated.

Using the code

The idea is to declare an Anchor tag with an onClick function in the parent window. Then, we will have the child window invoke the Click event with some JavaScript.

First, declare an Anchor tag in the parent window with runat="server".

<a id="anchorId" runat="server" onclick="return true" onserverclick="foo"></a> 

Onserverclick is the server-side function that will be called if onclick returns true. The child will invoke the Click event on this anchor, which always returns true, so the server-side function can be invoked.

In the parent's code-behind, we include the event-handler for this function:

protected void foo(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
    // Do something here
}

In the child window, we can then use JavaScript to invoke the Click event:

string code = "<script> " + 
  "window.opener.document.getElementById('popUpAnchor').click();</script>";

if (!ClientScript.IsStartupScriptRegistered("someKey"))
{
    ClientScript.RegisterStartupScript(this.GetType(), "someKey", code);
}

If you are using a master page and wrapping the anchor tag with <contentPlaceHolder>, you will need to figure out the ID for the anchor by viewing the HTML source.

Here's the code to pop-up a window:

string code = "<script>window.open('popupWindow.aspx',null,'left=400," + 
       " top=100,height=400, width=400, status=no, resizable= no, scrollbars= no," + 
       "toolbar= no,location= no, menubar= no');</script>";

if (!ClientScript.IsStartupScriptRegistered("someKey"))
{
    ClientScript.RegisterStartupScript(this.GetType(), "someKey", code);
}

Hope this helps!

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Comments and Discussions

 
Questionhello PinmemberAyeNaingKye29-Oct-12 5:18 
GeneralThanks for the suggestion PinmemberDave2342344228-Oct-08 3:43 
GeneralSuggestion Pinmemberulfat hussain27-Oct-08 19:23 
GeneralRe: Suggestion PinmemberDinesh Mani28-Oct-08 0:54 
GeneralRe: Suggestion Pinmemberulfat hussain28-Oct-08 17:09 
GeneralRe: Suggestion PinmemberDinesh Mani28-Oct-08 17:32 
GeneralRe: Suggestion Pinmemberulfat hussain28-Oct-08 18:06 
GeneralRe: Suggestion PinmemberDinesh Mani28-Oct-08 19:06 
GeneralRe: Suggestion Pinmemberulfat hussain29-Oct-08 19:40 
GeneralRe: Suggestion PinmemberDave2342344229-Oct-08 4:55 
GeneralNot working in Firefox PinmemberSyed M Hussain26-Oct-08 2:14 
GeneralRe: Not working in Firefox PinmemberDave2342344229-Oct-08 5:43 

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