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why do links on pages not work behind a transparent iframe

by StGeorge / January 15, 2009 1:35 AM PST

I have scratching my head for weeks over this.
Nobody seems to know.

I have a vertical flyout menu written in css/html and javascript all in one page.

Originally I had this included in my pages but every time I wished to alter the links it involved a serious amount of copying and pasting.

I decided to call on this menu for each page leaving me only one page to edit. The navigation menu.

Presently I have the iframe transparent it works in all browsers including ie. In fact it works in ie better than it does in mozilla browsers, why how can that be you may ask?

The main page content contains links. These links operate fine in ie but in other browsers they do not. The links that do not work are behind the iframe area. I have reduced the area as much as possible but the frame flows over into the page content and that content containd links. The only links that do not work on the page are the ones behind the iframe.

My site is cross browser and from 640 x 480 resolution upwards compatible.

Has anybody got any ideas please?

I am having trouble adding php includes to my site and really do not want to go there at the moment. So I am looking for an iframe solution.

Thanks in advance.

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by Sovereign Forum moderator / January 16, 2009 3:03 AM PST

The links are not within the iframe, they are behind the iframe? I'm surprised to hear that you can click any links in any browser behind an iframe... if the links are covered up, they're covered up (whether you can see them or not).

If you insist on using iframes (which I don't recommend), why not make where users can drag the iframe to the side to access the links... which honestly sounds like a lot of work for the user, but that may be the only solution concerning iframes.


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why do links on pages not work behind a transparent iframe
by muniv_81 / May 12, 2009 10:45 PM PDT

Hi Dude,

Even i'm facing same problem, did you managed to get the solution for the problem. If yes please let me know the solution. Thanks.

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Why use an iframe
by Sovereign Forum moderator / May 13, 2009 2:37 AM PDT

when you can use SHTML or PHP includes?


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PC based Safari handles iframes OK, but not on iPad. Why?
by fpc2 / September 10, 2010 1:42 AM PDT
In reply to: Why use an iframe

My website that has an iframe to access links for an external site, works fine. But Safari on the iPad does not show the iFrame nor does it show the contents.

Seems like a bug in the iPad based Safari.

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