Popup Windows: Full Screen
A popular variation on the theme of popup windows is opening a window in
full screen mode. Full screen means that the window is the full size of the screen and provides as much display area for the page as possible. MSIE and Netscape take different parameters for full screen windows, but you can use both versions. In the
open() command put
type=fullWindow for Netscape, and
fullscreen (without any value) for MSIE. So, for example, this command in
popup script opens a full screen window:
window.open(href, windowname, ',type=fullWindow,fullscreen,scrollbars=yes');
which gives us this page.
Notice that in the
open() command there is no
width properties. Leave those properties out or Netscape won't open the window in full screen mode.
In MSIE there are only two ways to close the full screen window. Most people don't know the first (press
<A HREF="linking_famsupp_87.html" onClick="return targetopener(this,true,true)">close</A>
The link in this example closes the full screen window and gives the focus to the opener, but only if the window actually is full screen and was opened from another window. If those conditions aren't true (and they wouldn't be if, for example, the user found the page through an external search engine), then the current window goes to the linked resource.