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Doug
post Sep 15 2006, 11:21 AM
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I have a drop down form with about 10 options, they are PDF files. I would like them to open in a new window. Is that possible?

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post Sep 15 2006, 11:30 AM
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What handles the form? JavaScript? In that case use window.open() instead of location.href in your script.

To open new windows isn't always a good idea. People often use popup blockers for this reason. I don't allow PDF or anything else to be opened "inside" the browser so people like me always get the PDF file in its own Reader window anyway.
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post Sep 15 2006, 12:33 PM
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QUOTE(pandy @ Sep 15 2006, 11:30 AM) *

What handles the form? JavaScript? In that case use window.open() instead of location.href in your script.

To open new windows isn't always a good idea. People often use popup blockers for this reason. I don't allow PDF or anything else to be opened "inside" the browser so people like me always get the PDF file in its own Reader window anyway.


Thanks for the info.
Yes it is JavaScript that handles the form. I'm not locked into PDF files (These are the weekly bulletins from my local parish) they will be coming to me as a PageMaker file. I haven't made any desicion on how to deal with them yet....
I was thinking PDF because I know how to convert them to PDF's. If I don't have them in a new window, I don't see an easy way to get back to the drop down form agian.

A little wordy, but I'm just looking at options at this point.

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Darin McGrew
post Sep 15 2006, 12:44 PM
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I recommend a simple list of links. Real links work when JavaScript is disabled/unavailable.

If you're concerned about people viewing the PDF documents in the browser and not knowing how to get back to the links (or to the JavaScript-dependent form), then you could suggest they use Shift-click (or whatever mechanism their browser supports) to open it in a new window. But if you try to force a new window, then people like pandy and me will get a new blank browser window, with the PDF displaying in a separate helper application.
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Doug
post Sep 15 2006, 12:52 PM
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Thanks Pandy & Darin
I think a simple list of links is probably better for this application. If I think about it for awhile, I could even make it easy to add the new bulletins and push the older ones back in the list.

Thanks for the quick advice!
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