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Accessing DOM elements of an iFrame
using JavaScript

 5:20 pm on Mar 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hi All,

I am trying to alter the style property of an object (lets call it link) within an iFrame (lets call it daFrame) of a page. The code that I am using:


What I am trying to do, in theory, is manipulate (using JavaScript) some object within an iFrame, from the parent frame. I've tried a large number of different approaches without any success. Any pointers in the right direction would be great! (This need only work within IE!)




 7:25 pm on Mar 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

Well, all you have to do is call the iframe like you would any other frame:

daFrame.document.getElementById ...

The iframe needs a name though ..


 12:48 am on Mar 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

the iframe is unusual in that it "lives" in two place in the browser javascript heirarchy.

It's part of the window.frames collection because it's a kind of frame AND it's also a part of the document tree because it's an element.


with x being 0 if there are no other iframes in the document.

also the syntax you had before should be ok, I wonder why it's not working. The problem may be the id "link".
Try something else.
If it still doesn't work, try it using the frames collection as above and then, if it still doesn't work, the problem lies elsewhere.


 1:39 pm on Mar 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Also, it's not necessary to use "backgroundColor" .. you can use just "background"


 10:31 am on Mar 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hi all,

Thanks for all your suggestions. As per ricfinks suggestion I used the window.frames[] syntax and this is working perfectly now:


I'm not sure why trying to get at it using getElementById didn't work, as (like ricfink) I thought that an iFrame lived both in the Frames array and the Id array.

DrDoc, both background and backgroundColor work sine (in IE) - does anyone know which is the W3C standard for this?


 8:24 pm on Mar 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

They are both W3C standard (or JS standard if you want). It's just that "background" is more widely supported.

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