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Posted 29 Jul 2002


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HTML Wait-Confirm Button Server Control

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An article showing a quick way to create a custom control that will prompt the user before submitting, and then will change the text of the button to "Please Wait.." and the mouse cursor will change to an hourglass.


I'm providing the source code for a simple derived control that will add some useful functionality. Our goal is to make a submit button that prompts for confirmation before submitting, and if the user confirms then change the text on the button and change the mouse cursor to an hourglass. It has only been tested in Internet Explorer versions 5-6.

There are really only a few sections. The first thing needed is to create a compiled class file that will contain the instructions to write out the client side javascript, write out the html button, and modify the button to run the javascript when clicked.

The javascript we are going to be creating will look like this:

<script language="javascript">
function __doConfirm(btnWaiter) {
if (confirm("Save changes to database?")) {
 btnWaiter.setAttribute("value","Please Wait...");"wait";
 return true;
} return false; }

Our button will call this boolean function (return __doconfirm(this);) and only submit if it returns true.

Might as well get right to the code. Our class file will look like this, overriding the OnPreRender event to register the script and set the onclick attribute to call the client side function.

Public Class ConfirmWaitButton
    Inherits System.Web.UI.WebControls.Button

    Public _Message As String

    Public Property Message() As String
            Return _Message
        End Get
        Set(ByVal Value As String)
            _Message = Value
        End Set
    End Property

    Protected Overrides Sub OnPreRender(ByVal e As EventArgs)
        Page.RegisterClientScriptBlock( _
         "__doAlert", _
         "<script language="" javascript"">" & vbCrLf & _
         "<!--" & vbCrLf & _
         "function __doConfirm(btnWaiter) {" & vbCrLf & _
         "if (confirm(""" & _Message & """)) {" & vbCrLf & _
         " btnWaiter.setAttribute(""value"",""Please Wait..."");" & vbCrLf & _
         """wait"";" & vbCrLf & _
         " return true;" & vbCrLf & _
         "} return false; }" & vbCrLf & _
         "-->" & vbCrLf & _
         "</script>" _

        Me.Attributes("onclick") = "return __doConfirm(this);"

    End Sub

End Class

And there it is! that's all it takes to create your own wait/confirm button. Add this as a class file to your VS.NET project and add one to a page like this:

<%@ Register TagPrefix="MG" Namespace="vbProject" Assembly="vbProject" %>

<MG:ConfirmWaitButton id="btnConfirmUpdate" runat="server" Text="Update" 
                         Message="Save changes to database?">

You will have access to all of the System.Web.UI.WebControls.Button's events, such as OnClick(). That's it!


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Michael Griffith
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Manoj Kumar Choubey7-Feb-12 19:23
professionalManoj Kumar Choubey7-Feb-12 19:23 
QuestionHow to pass the _Message value? Pin
yaroopig31-May-06 16:29
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Questionhow to create a dynamic button and call event Onclick ? Pin
hominhduc28-Mar-06 6:18
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GeneralUsing this concept with an Image Button Pin
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GeneralI did't get it Pin
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QuestionHow to register the dll outside Visual Studio Pin
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GeneralConfirm Button Pin
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Questionhow to use confirm button ? Pin
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GeneralWait-Confirm Button Pin
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Generalcracking ibm hard dive paswsword Pin
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QuestionCheckboxes on a list?? Pin
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GeneralDisable button too Pin
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General578 Pin
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QuestionHow to do a please wait Pin
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GeneralAdapted your code for C# Pin
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GeneralLooing for a Page Loading ...... solution Pin
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GeneralRe: Looing for a Page Loading ...... solution Pin
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Generalmultiple buttons on page Pin
mgriffith31-Jul-02 8:53
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GeneralNeeds to handle special chars in _Message Pin
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GeneralBroken when combined with validations controls Pin
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