April 20th, 2001, 08:35 PM
Just to clarify, this is not the same thread as the “How can i hide the html source code from the browser view source??????”
I don’t care about hiding my code or stopping users from right-clicking on my web page. Please resist the temptation to discuss these “off topic” subjects in this thread. I am trying to understand some strange behavior that I observed.
The goal here is simple: To discover why some web pages will disable the “File/Save As” and “View/Source” menu options, while most do not.
I recently visited two different sites that had something in common… The first time I accessed these sites, my “File/Save As” and “View/Source” menu items became disabled (grayed out, not selectable, whatever.). I was able to add “view-source:” in front of the URL and actually view the source for each page, but there was nothing that I could see in the source for either page that would cause this to happen.
I tried using my back button to go to a previous page and much to my surprise, the menu options were still disabled. In fact no matter what page I moved to the menu options remained disabled.
Finally, I quit my browser (IE 5.5), then restarted it. Everything was back to normal… I was able to view source and save as just like always. I decided to return to the both of the “offending” pages and now the “File/Save As” and “View/Source” menu options were ENABLED.
I want to know 3 things:
1. Why did this behavior occur and only one time?
2. How can I write a web page that will recreate it?
3. How can I reproduce this behavior every time and not just the first time?
Here are the two links (remember, it will only work once, as far as I know):
April 20th, 2001, 11:24 PM
Weren't grayed out for me. I imagine it happened on an earlier site in that browser instance, you just didn't notice it.
April 22nd, 2001, 12:50 PM
They weren't grayed out for me either.....
But I had the exact same scenario on a site
I can now view the source and saveas functions.
Thats why I'm here now really.... trying to discover how to do it myself!!!
April 30th, 2001, 05:29 AM
I apologize if this isn''t the case, but you can't view the source or save a web page in explorer until the page has finished loading.
I thought I ran into the same thing once before, but it was just being caused by a slow banner on the page.
Good point, but...
thobbes brings up a good point, but it does not explain why the "File/Save As" and "View/Source" continue to stay disabled until the browser (IE 5.5) is stopped and restarted.
Keep on testing...
welcome to the real world