Javascript iframe caching issue

I hava an iframe which loads some javascript via javascript. In internet explorer only, this works if and only if IE has a cached copy of the javascript. This means that reloading the page (or otherwise triggering the script to run again, if it's stuck in a function or whatever) will cause this code to work, otherwise it will not. In particular, the document.write call fails to happen.

Main Page:

<iframe height = "200" width = "200" id = "happy">
<script type="text/javascript">
 var a = document.getElementById("happy");
 scripttxt = '<a href="#" id="joy">JOY</a><'+'script type="text/javascript" src="fail.js"></'+'script>';
 a.src = "about:blank";;
 a.contentWindow.document.write("<h3>Preview:</h3>" + scripttxt + "");



I realize I could use conditional comments to have IE skip and document.close() in the script of Main Page, but having IE skip and document.close() feels a bit hacky (Edit)...and breaks other things in IE.

Edit: When it works properly, the iframe will contain, under the preview heading, the text: JOYhttp://mymachine:myport/mainpage.htm#, where JOY is a hyperlink. When it fails, it will omit http://mymachine:myport/mainpage.htm# . I don't actually care how how document.write handles writing the a node, just that it is able to get the element successfully and write something successfully.

I also tried this version of the script, at Justin's advice, but it behaves exactly the same:

var a = document.getElementById("happy");
a.src = "about:blank";  
r = document.createElement("a");"joy";
s = document.createElement("script");


Why are you using document.write? Instead, try appending a script node.

var d = document.getElementById("happy"),
    s = document.createElement("script");

s.src= "";

Try changing your code to look like this:

// ...
var doc =;
doc.write("<h3>Preview:</h3>" + scripttxt + "");

oh wait no, that's got a similar issue.

Well, mashing on your document with "document.write" is kind-of wacky anyway. What's the overall goal here? Can't you add content to the document some other way?

I think I understand what you're getting at however: one would kind-of expect that the browser would obey the normal way of things, loading the script (and waiting for that HTTP GET to complete), running the script — which should mean that the "write" call in the script should still have the document open — and then return. Then again, it seems a little dicey to me, given that it's a single-threaded environment we're talking about.

My current solution, which seems to work, is this:




if (!isIE) {a.contentWindow.document.close();}

and add this code above the script:

<script type='text/javascript'>
    isIE = false;
<!--[if IE]>    
<script type='text/javascript'>
    isIE = true;

This solution makes me feel very sad.

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