November 1, 2000 - Hiding Popups | WebReference

November 1, 2000 - Hiding Popups

Yehuda Shiran November 1, 2000
Hiding Popups
Tips: November 2000

Yehuda Shiran, Ph.D.
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Internet Explorer 5.5 features the createPopup() method. Use this method to create popup objects. The popup objects are hidden when created. Here is how you create them:

oPopup = window.createPopup()

You reveal the popup window by the show() method. Here is an example of a popup window:

oPopup = window.createPopup();
var oPopupBody = oPopup.document.body; = "magenta"; = "solid blue 3px";
oPopupBody.innerHTML = "Click outside <B>popup</B> to close.";, 80, 200, 50, document.body);
// -->

You send a popup window away either by clicking anywhere on the page, or by a script:

The following onOff() function switches the popup window on this page, on or off, depending on its previous status:

function onOff() {
  if (on) {
	on = false;
  else {, 80, 200, 50, document.body)
	on = true;

You call this function using the setInterval() function, every 2000 milliseconds:

setInterval("onOff()", 2000);

Notice that we call demoPopup() when the page loads, and then the popup window (top right corner of the page) goes on and off every 2 seconds. Since we access oPopup from different functions, we define it as a global variable, somewhere in one of the JavaScript sections, not in any one of the functions:

var oPopup;