Need some pop-up javascript/php help

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Is there a technique for this?

Take a standard order-entry. You have your "header" info with the PO number,
and Tax rate, etc. and then you have one to many item lines. Currently I do
it all on one screen, but this is a PITA when an order has a lot of items as
it results in a lot of server-trips as well as scroling.

Everything is written in PHP.

What I'd like to do is have the "add new line item" and the "edit line item"
buttons create a pop-up where the user can enter, say up to ten times per
screen (that part is easy). Then when they click the submit button, the pop
closes and the bottom screen (with the PO number and Tax rate, etc.) gets
updated with line items.

I'm an accomplished PHP coder but my html and my javascript are not at the
same level. Is there some "magic" out there that makes all of this easy? Is
there some javascript that will close the pop, close the under-window, and go
back to server where I can update a database and re-direct the user to a new
(i.e. updated) order-entry screen.

The only alternative I know of would be to instruct the user with a "Please
Press the Recalc Button On Main Screen After This Pop-Up Closes" message.
But that seems so lame.

Thanks for any ideas, links, examples, etc.


Re: Need some pop-up javascript/php help

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theres lots of javascript for stuff like this. just do a google search on
accessing and passing form variables betwen windows. example: on the child
popup, if you want to pass a value to a form on the parent, use

window.opener.document.parentformname.formboxname.value = value;

value on the child window could be


if you want to do alot of these, have the newvalue form in the popup. on
clicking a button, or a simple text link with javascript funtion as the
link, use onclick to call a function that will pass the values in the form
as shown above.

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