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A bit of an aside before I get to my actual question:

A few months ago, I faced a problem where I needed to resize the Google Earth Balloon dynamically through javascript as I received AJAX calls (about twice a minute). Sometimes each call would only require increasing the balloon by one or two pixels, which was not a huge issue. The main problem was that some (a lot) of the time, the data I was getting back would require the balloon to be much larger which caused scrollbars to appear (an undesirable effect for the company I work for). Eventually after throwing code at it for days, I found a pretty hacky way to get the balloon to resize just the way I wanted it. After getting my data and refilling the balloon with the new data, I would call this:

setTimeout(window.location.reload, 250);

I had a theory that this would work since within the Google Earth application (Client and Plugin versions), I could right-click the balloon and click "Reload" and the balloon resized it the way I wanted it to. Obviously there is something a bit fishy about this hack considering if I use the same code in a normal browser, the page would just reload infinitely, so I also had to figure out a way to determine if I was in Google Bubble or in a browser version of this webpage (which I found a way, but it's not important or relevant to my question that I am eventually getting to). Now that things are a little less chaotic around the office, I want to find out EXACTLY why this works.

Finally, my question is: does the Google Earth API redefine the Window or Location Objects, or does it just redefine how window.location.reload works?

I am using Google Earth Client v6.1.0.5001 and Google Earth Plugin v6.2.2.6613

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