javascript window.open in safari

I've run into an issue with opening a new window in safari (both ipad and desktop versions) that revolves around the popup blocker. Basically I've found that if window.open isn't called from a click event, safari will block the popup.

The event that is calling window.open is currently onchanged from a list box.

Is there any way other than switching which event we handle to trick safari into allowing a popup in this scenario? (the onchanged event)

Answers:

Answer

I don't think there is a way to open a new window in mobile safari other than from a button click. Refer to this StackOverflow Question which is similar. I'm not sure if it will work, but you can look at triggering a button click programatically using jquery's trigger() function.

You might also want to look at options of showing a dialog within your own page, maybe using tools like jquery ui.

HTH!

Answer

The safari has a pop-up blocker silencer not show when a link is blocked.

To check if the pop-up blocker is active, go on safari settings > security > something like blocking pop-ups.

To cross it in a simple way, since I can not open a new window, I display an alert showing pop-up blocked.

In my case, I use select inputs to open external links:

HTML

<select id="retailer" class="windowOpen retailer-submenu">
    <option value="null">Select one</option>
    <option value="http://amazon.com">Amazon</option>
    <option value="http://ebay.com">eBay</option>
</select>

Javascript

<script type='text/javascript'>
    $('select.windowOpen').change(function(){
        var url = $(this).val();

        var open = window.open(url);
        if (open == null || typeof(open)=='undefined')
            alert("Turn off your pop-up blocker!\n\nWe try to open the following url:\n"+url);
    });
</script>

The code to check if a pop-up is blocked is just this:

var open = window.open('http://google.com');
if (open == null || typeof(open)=='undefined')
    alert("Turn off your pop-up blocker!");

PS: the jquery trigger did not work with me.

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