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Track browser resizing in your database using AJAX -- part 2

Friday, November 18, 2005 7:19:23 AM

Part 1 of this post showed the server-side code for a browser resize tracker. This part will show the client-side script. This can go on any type of page -- php, coldfusion, html, etc. The scripts consist of several functions:

  • getBrowserSize() -- called in the onload and onresize event to capture the browser size and pass to the server-side page
  • getSize() -- gets the size of the browser window
  • passFields() -- takes an array of fields (fieldname, value, fieldname, value, etc) and a URL and passes the fields to the URL as querystring variables
  • resetSizeTimer() -- creates a timer so that when the browser is resized, only one event is recorded (browser resizing typically fires the onResize event numerous times in succession.)

In addition, we set a global variable to act as a flag for the resize timer. The code is pretty straightforward, and can be placed in the head of any file:

var size_timer = false;

// Subroutine to get the size of the window
function getSize() {
 var myWidth = 0, myHeight = 0;
 if(typeof(window.innerWidth) == 'number') {
  myWidth = window.innerWidth;
  myHeight = window.innerHeight;
 }else if(document.documentElement &&
  (document.documentElement.clientWidth || document.documentElement.clientHeight)) {
  //IE 6+ in 'standards compliant mode'
  myWidth = document.documentElement.clientWidth;
  myHeight = document.documentElement.clientHeight;
 } else if(document.body && (document.body.clientWidth || document.body.clientHeight)) {
  //IE 4 compatible
  myWidth = document.body.clientWidth;
  myHeight = document.body.clientHeight;
 return [myWidth, myHeight];

// Pass fields to server given a URL and fields in name/value pairs
function passFields(url,args) {
 url += "?";
 for(var i=0; i<args.length; i=i+2) {
  url += args[i] + "=" + args[i+1] + "&";
 //Set up the AJAX communication
 if (window.XMLHttpRequest) {
  req = new XMLHttpRequest();
 } else if (window.ActiveXObject) {
  req = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
 try {
  // Pass the URL to the server"GET", url, true);
 }catch(e) {
function resetSizeTimer() {
 size_timer = false;

// Get the size and pass to the server
function getBrowserSize() {
 size_timer = true;
 var theArray = getSize();
 var url = "getBrowserSize.php";
 var args = new Array();
 passFields(url, args);


All you need to do is to add the getBrowserSize() function to the onload and onresize events of the <body> tag:

<body onload="getBrowserSize();" onresize="getBrowserSize();">

Now, when you browse the page, the server records the browser size upon load and upon resize. Typical information would look like this:

Width Height Screen
IP Page name

The technique is handy and can be used for any other situation where you need to pass client-side information to the server.

Cross-posted at CMXTraneous

Category tags: Dreamweaver, ColdFusion, SQL

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