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dealing with caching in IE

Anthony Leroy

Joined: Aug 02, 2001
Posts: 20
Hi, I've been testing my jsp site in both Netscape 4.08 and IE 4. I have an "edit details" window which pops up when a link is clicked and displays the current details in the input fields. This allows the user to edit the details. When the user hits save, the new info. is committed to the database and the window closes, and the page in the parent window is refreshed to reflect the new details in the DB.
In Netscape, once all this has been done, if the user clicks the link to edit the details again, the most recent details are displayed in the text fields in the popup window, but in IE, it loads the old version of the page so the old details are displayed.
When I right click > refresh it updates. How do I get it to automatically regenerate the page from the server and load it rather than loading the old version?
James Swan
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Joined: Jun 26, 2001
Posts: 403
there are various ways to control this:
- <meta> tags in the html for setting caching
- modifying the response sent back from the server to indicate no caching should be done
Most of the time the various browsers ingore these to methods.
A common approach (and one that is successful) is to trick the browser in thinking it is requesting a new page each time.
This is done by appending a dummy variable to the query string of the url with a unique value (a timestamp is a good option).
eg. www.myserver.com?dummy=timeStampValue
This can be done using JavaScript and it's Date object.
Mike Curwen
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Joined: Feb 20, 2001
Posts: 3695

What a brilliant idea.

I'll have to try that.
I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
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