IE doesn't preserve changes made by javascript when Back button is clicked

Discussion in 'Javascript' started by lucyh3h, Mar 31, 2007.

  1. lucyh3h

    lucyh3h Guest


    In one of my pages, I use javascript (AJAX) to populate one mulitple
    select field based on user's click event on another control. I noticed
    that when I navigate back to this page by clicking browser's "Back"
    button, the changes made to the multiple select is not preserved. (It
    shows the initial value). While all the other user selections are
    Firefox seems fine.
    How do I workaround this issue for IE?

    lucyh3h, Mar 31, 2007
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  2. lucyh3h

    shimmyshack Guest

    You notice that in /your/ browsers (versions x on OS y) the field
    values are preserved, this is not guaranteed behaviour for many
    If this page forms part of a multiple form, then clicking back could
    weel be part of the "expected usage" for a user, otherwise I would say
    once submitted, I don't mind if the values are not there.
    You could use an onload to see if the user has set the preference for
    the control that is preserved, and use that to populate the multiple
    select. (if that is what you mean by initial value)
    The alternative is to actually use server side code to force every
    browser to be consistent by hard coding into the markup the (filtered
    and validated) results of the submission the user made before clicking
    back. This way whether they press back, or browse around suddenly to
    other parts of the site without completely filling in the form, and
    then decide to go back and carry on fillin gin the form, they will be
    plesantly surprised.
    Of course there are more cases that this, if the user isn't known to
    you (not logged in) and their browser crashes, or if the user kills
    the browser, then firefox might preserve the data if you are lucky
    whereas ie won't, you can get round this by setting a cookie which
    contains the values that have been filled so far, and that the server
    hasn't told the user-agent to delete from the cookie yet, this should
    be a temporary cookie. If your user is known to you, when they sign
    back in after a crash, you could use the use the orphaned values from
    their last session (if you code a bit of server logic) to allow them
    to resume, again something to watch in terms of security, but it is
    similar to "remember me" but with less scope and therefore less
    surface area of attack.
    shimmyshack, Mar 31, 2007
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  3. lucyh3h

    lucyh3h Guest

    Thanks for your response.
    The problem is IE remembers the user's selection, but the
    corresponding modification using javascript is lost. Which causes
    mismatched information on my page.
    For example, I have two dropdown lists. Based on user's selection on
    dropdown#1, I search the database and populate dropdown#2. This works
    fine until user navigate back to this page using "back" button. The
    selection of dropdown#1 is preserved, but the content in dropdown#2 is
    set back to the default values.
    I tried to use server side script, but this makes the page extremely
    complicated, which I thought this is a perfact place to use AJAX...
    lucyh3h, Apr 2, 2007
  4. lucyh3h

    shimmyshack Guest

    so did you try the onload?

    What you need to do is use server sessions to set the initial values
    of the form fields when the page loads. The same ajax scripts, just
    with an init method instead of assuming the user hasn't been before.
    The server session simply puts its value in that javascript. 2 lines
    of code, perhaps 1
    shimmyshack, Apr 2, 2007
  5. Hi,

    FWIW, if you use Frames, when you "go back" (hide the second frame and make
    the first frame visible again) all is as you left it, or as page 2's
    javascript modified it, as the case may be.

    Cheers Richard Maher
    Richard Maher, Apr 2, 2007
  6. Or IFRAME since you don't need to change the overall layou of your

    Hardono Arifanto
    Hardono Arifanto, Apr 2, 2007
  7. lucyh3h

    lucyh3h Guest

    Great! Thanks all for the response.
    lucyh3h, Apr 5, 2007
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