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malte (1708)

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Working on Joose JavaScript meta system (Blog) [] and blok [], a web based application for collaborative ui prototyping.

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Wednesday May 21, 2003
09:07 AM

iframes on layers

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I'm working on a web-based front end to an ERP-system at the moment. Suddenly the idea struck me that one could make "real" tab-control like interfaces by putting iframes inside css-layers. You can change tabs by hiding or showing the individual layers.

The cool thing about this is, that you can switch between independent HTML pages without loosing the client-state of the preceeding page. You can aboviously do this using multiple windows or frames, but it feels much better with a single window.

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  • I've done this, and it's very useful indeed. As a nice extra, you get to communicate with the containing page through JavaScript, which makes creating Windows-ish "Properties..." dialogs with OK/Apply/Cancel that when Cancel is clicked, cancel changes in *all* tabs very easy.
  • I use this techniche to, and I think I found a bug in IE. One of the places I do this the content expires frequently so I have the page refresh itself on a regular bases. Sometimes, about 1 in 50, the iframe will replace the _top frame. It does not do this in Mozilla, so I asume its a bug in IE.