onLoad = "script command(s)"
|use it, but don't rely on it|
People come to this page looking for a variety of techniques. Some of these techniques properly use
onLoad, others don't. Here are some of the objectives, and some links to point you in the right direction. After that we'll describe how
- Redirecting the Page
- If you want the page to automatically forward somewhere else, use
<META ...>. See META for Automatic Refreshing and Forwarding.
- Popup Window
onLoad cannot be used to control the size or features of the browser window, such as whether or not the window has a status bar or menus. You can control these features when opening new windows. See the
Popup Window Tutorial for
ready-to-use scripts and examples.
- Running Two Commands When The Document is Loaded
- See Running Two (or more) Commands With onLoad
- Making the Cursor Appear in a Form Field
- See Automatically Putting the Cursor in a Field
The browser triggers
onLoad when the document is finished loading. The contents of
<BODY ...> tag tells the browser to bring up an alert box once the page is completely loaded:
<BODY onLoad="alert('hello world!')">