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Modal dialog windows position on postback

I have an asp.net application where some of the interaction with the
user is through modal dialog windows. This works very well except for
the annoying fact that the dialog window always returns to its initial
position when the user posts back (by clicking a button, etc.)

I have all of the fundamentals for asp.net modal dialogs in place, such
as using <base target="_self"> in the header...

To reiterate the problem for the sake of clarity: The users would like
to be able to reposition the modal dialogs and have the dialog maintain
its position when a postback is caused via clicking a button, etc.
Instead the modal dialog always returns to the position where it was
initally created.

What technique can I use to have the modal dialg remember its position
on postback.

This is an important issue for my client. I will post to this
newsgroup the solution I find (whether by assistance from
comp.lang.javascript, etc. -- or by my research).


Jul 23 '05 #1
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I have found a 90% solution for how to get a modal dialog to maintain
its position after postback. (More later on the remaining 10%.)

In a nutshell, when the user clicks a button or other control that
causes a postback/submit, I retain the window.screenLeft and .screenTop
in hidden text inputs, and include script to set the window.dialogLeft
and .dialogTop in the response.

This is not a 100% solution. The dialog maintains its postion, but if
you move the dialog and then do a submit/postback, it will jump back to
its original (prior to moving the dialog) position for a brief moment
until the positioning script is run to place it to where you moved it.
I haven't figured out how to overcome that, so I appreciate any
suggestions or ideas.

Now for more details. First of all, this is an ASP.Net appliction with
VB.Net as the server-side codebehind langauge. In the dialog, I have
two hidden <aspnet:textbox runat="server"> controls whose IDs are
hidXPos and hidYPos, respectively.

I have a javascript function whose purpose is to retain the current
window position. It is placed in the onclick event handler for any
control that does a submit/postback -- prior, of course, to doing the

function RecordPosition() {
var ohidXPos = document.getElementById('hidXPos');
var ohidYPos = document.getElementById('hidYPos');

ohidXPos.value = window.screenLeft;
ohidYPos.value = window.screenTop;
In the server-side code-behind, the Page_Load sub, which handles the
Page Load event, contains the following code snippit. Notice that I
subtract 3 pixels from dialogLeft and 22px from dialogTop to compensate
for thw window border and caption bar.
If hidXPos.Text <> "" And hidYPos.Text <> "" Then
Dim strScr As New System.Text.StringBuilder
strScr.Append("<script language='javascript'>" & vbNewLine)
strScr.Append("window.dialogLeft = '")
strScr.Append(hidXPos.Text - 3)
strScr.Append("';" & vbNewLine)
strScr.Append("window.dialogTop = '")
strScr.Append(hidYPos.Text - 22)
strScr.Append("';" & vbNewLine)
strScr.Append("</script>" & vbNewLine)
RegisterStartupScript("position", strScr.ToString)
End If
This produces script that looks like the following, for example:

<script language='javascript'>
window.dialogLeft = '259';
window.dialogTop = '117';
Another idea I tried unsuccessfully was to set window.dialogLeft and
Top in the above RecordPosition function. That seemed to have no


Jul 23 '05 #2
In article <11**********************@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups .com>,
RE****@jswcoinc.com enlightened us with...

To reiterate the problem for the sake of clarity: The users would like
to be able to reposition the modal dialogs and have the dialog maintain
its position when a postback is caused via clicking a button, etc.
Instead the modal dialog always returns to the position where it was
initally created.

What technique can I use to have the modal dialg remember its position
on postback.

Is this postback occuring in the parent window or the modal dialog?

If the funeral procession is at night, do folks drive with
their lights off?

Jul 23 '05 #3
The postback is occuring in the modal dialog.

Jul 23 '05 #4

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