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4GuysFromRolla.com : ASP FAQS : The Nature of Things


Question:

Can I send my output to a different window or frame than the one that asked for the current ASP page?


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Answer: No.

The Web server has NO IDEA what it is connected to! It could very well be that the client making the HTTP request is actually a Web "spider" that is just searching or indexing sites. The HTTP protocol is very simple: "Give me back the contents of this page."

With ASP, you can make the contents of a Web page dynamic (e.g., depend on a database or user form input or or or), but you can STILL only "give back the contents of this page." Period.

ANY use of multiple frames and/or windows MUST be driven by code that runs on the browser. In other words, client-side JavaScript (unless you are doing an inTRAnet project and can live with MSIE only). Or, if you are that advanced, Java.

But you can NEVER change WHERE the output from RESPONSE goes to. Understand, RESPONSE is actually sending data to the Web server and the Web server then sends the info on to the client. So ASP can only do what the Web server can do. Period.

In summary, learn client-side JavaScript.

FAQ posted by Scott Mitchell at 10/11/2000 2:19:13 AM to the The Nature of Things category. This FAQ has been viewed 48,632 times.

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