The requirement is:
When a user clicks on a form's tab in a Crm detail form, a record needs to be entered into an (Oracle) database. In case of success show a webpage from a particular url (to an application that reacts to the data in the record), in case of failure show a message.
The most elegant way to react to the onclick event of the Tab, in my opinion is to attach to this event in Javascript, ofcourse it is important not to interfere with the attached handler that is already present and takes care of the showing/hiding of the tab's content.

First I took the IE Developer Toolbar, and with the 'Find' > 'Select Element by Click' functionality, I reduced the Tab's id: 'tab4Tab'.
In the Onload handler, of the Form.Properties I added this:

   1:  var tabVar= crmForm.all.tab4Tab; 
   2:  if(typeof(tabVar) != "undefined" && tabVar != null) 
   3:  { 
   4:       crmForm.all.tab4Tab.attachEvent('onclick',insertRecordAndRedirect, false)
   5:  } 
Listing 1

First the tab object with id: 'tab4Tab' is put into a variable called 'tabVar'.
When this variable is not null and not 'undefined', the function called: 'insertRecordAndRedirect' is attached to the onclick of the 'crmForm.all.tab4Tab' object.

So the function 'insertRecordAndRedirect' is called, the moment the Tab with id: 'tab4Tab' is clicked.
This function is also inserted in the Onload handler, of the Form.Properties (like listing 1):

   1:  function insertRecordAndRedirect()
   2:  {
   3:      var id = crmForm.objectId.value;
   4:      document.all.IFRAME_CrmTab.src =''+id;
   5:  }
Listing 2

The function reads the value (a Guid) from the objectId property of the crmForm object (the UniqueIdentifier of the database record, from which the details are shown in the form). The aspx page that is called takes care of the inserting of the record into the database, using the provided querystring parameter.

In my case, this works really good, and it also solved an issue I had with GoogleMaps and LiveMaps. Because the tabs on which I put the maps are invisible when the form loads, the maps do not seem to know how big they are.

The result is:

  • In the case of GoogleMaps that the center of the map (the chosen spot on the map is centered) always was on (0,0). Left=0, top=0. When using the 'onclick of the Tab' approach, the map is loaded when the tab is clicked, so the map is visible and the map is centered as intended.
  • In the case of LiveMaps, only the right, lower corner of the map was visible in the left, upper corner of the iframe. But when using the 'onclick of the Tab' approach, the map is loaded when the tab is clicked and the map is completely visible and centered as intended.

Henry Cordes
My thoughts exactly...

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23/05/2012 10:18:22 #

Awesome Post,Helped me alot

Thanx from my bottom of the heart

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