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A more intriguing method of updating a page without reloading the entire page would be (JSRS) Java Script Remote Scripting. It uses a hidden iFrame to pass data requests to and from the server without reloading the entire page. Great for dynamically populating form elements. The big win is that you only have to move the data you need to or from the server. There are 2 downsides that may or may not matter. One is that because of the iFrame, The browser history records the data loads. And hitting the back button can have unintended side effects. The other is that different browsers have to use different submission methods. Some use POST which has a 150K maximum and the others use GET which has a 1.5K maximum. You can go here for more information. http://www.ashleyit.com/rs/


Bo - IMNSHO JavaScript stuff like this is *FAR* more trouble than it's worth. The code that comes out of things like that must be maintained and tested on each browser, new and old, if you want an equal experience for every user. At the very least you *cannot* rely on it for anything critical for your user's task completion. - RossOlson

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