Set ATG Property And Popup Window After Clicking on Link

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Sometimes when you click on a link in an ATG JSP/DSP page you want a property of an ATG component to be set as well.  For example:

[xml]<dsp:a href="foo.jsp">Foo
<dsp:property bean="BarFormHandler.baz" paramvalue="index"/>

What gets tricky is if you also want a popup window to display the contents of this link.

The Wrong Way

I tried adapting the instructions from the tutorial Popup Windows | open new customised windows with JavaScript.

[xml]<dsp:a href="javascript:poptastic(‘foo.jsp’);">Foo
<dsp:property bean="BarFormHandler.baz" paramvalue="index"/>

This does not work, i.e. the setter for baz in BarFormHandler is never called.

The Brute Force Way

I then reverted to the original DSP and looked at the outputted HTML.  Based on that I updated the DSP like this.

[xml]<% atg.servlet.DynamoHttpServletRequest dreq = atg.servlet.ServletUtil.getCurrentRequest(); %>
<a href="javascript:poptastic(‘foo.jsp?_DARGS=/betweengo/test.jsp_AF&_dynSessConf=<%= dreq.getSessionConfirmationNumber() %>&_D%3A/betweengo/BarFormHandler.baz=+&/betweengo/BarFormHandler.baz=<dsp:valueof param="index" />’);">Foo</a>[/xml]

This works but is grotesque.

The Good Idea That Did Not Work

Then I realized I could just set a parameter in the URL and have the form handler use the value to set the property.

[xml]<a href="javascript:poptastic(‘foo.jsp?index=<dsp:valueof param="index" />’);">Foo</a>[/xml]

And in BarFormHandler

public boolean beforeSet(DynamoHttpServletRequest req,
            DynamoHttpServletResponse res) throws DropletFormException {

  String indexParam = request.getParameter("index");

  return super.beforeSet(request, response);

This did not work plus I did not really like it because now I have a beforeSet method that is called for every single request.

The Winner

I then realized I did not read the tutorial Popup Windows | open new customised windows with JavaScript carefully.  There is a more elegant way to call the JavaScript which degrades gracefully for browsers that don’t support JavaScript.

[xml]<dsp:a href="foo.jsp" onclick="poptastic(this.href);return false;">Foo
<dsp:property bean="BarFormHandler.baz" paramvalue="index"/>

This works, is elegant and requires just adding the onclick attribute to the original DSP.

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