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strategy to simulate modal dialog?

 
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Hi,
I have a jsp/web application - in my application I am calling some window.open java script calls which open a smaller window which has some fields the user has to modify etc and it has an ok button like a dialog (very typical).
My question is how can I simulate this 'browser dialog' to be modal - forcing the user to complete the input and hit ok before they can return to the 'main' application.
Because I don't want the user to click around the main application and the simulated dialog to get lost in the back or on the toolbar etc?
Many Thanks
 
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You would just have to use layers (div) and show up a layer over the entire document that has a higher z-index.
 
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You can use showModalDialog in IE which will bring up a HTML Modal Dialog. Am not sure whether it will work with NN. Haven't tried it in NN.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/workshop/author/dhtml/reference/methods/showmodaldialog.asp
 
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showModalDialog is a non-standard Microsoft-proprietary mechansim and will not work in any browser other than IE.
Eric's pointer to use floating div's for this purpose is the correct way to implement this in a non-proprietary manner.
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[ July 18, 2003: Message edited by: Bear Bibeault ]
 
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Thanks everyone!
Very helpful!
 
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