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XMLHttpRequest (XHR) is a DOM API that can be used inside a web browser scripting language, such as JavaScript, to send an HTTP or an HTTPS request directly to a web server and load the server response data directly back into the scripting language. The technique that we are going to discuss here takes advantage of XMLHttpRequest objects readyState == 3 status (Interactive – Downloading) and responseText property to perform DOM manipulation in a browser. Here is how it works

  1. A request is initiated from the the browser client to the web server using the XMLHttpRequest object.
  2. The webserver flushes response during task state changes.
  3. XMLHttpRequest object holds partial data in responseText property when readyState is 3 ( Interactive – Downloading ).
  4. DOM manipulation is perfomed during readystate == 3 to interactively update the web content.


Download to download the source code please click here


Please note that XMLHttpRequest based technique will not work in all browsers. Microsoft clearly mentions in the specification that - “readyState =  3, some data has been received. responseText is not available. responseBody is not available.” So this will not work in IE. However I found it working in Firefox and Chrome. Here is the code.


Here I have created a XmlHttpRequest object and configured it to perform a GET request to my DataHandler.ashx that I have created earlier. The piece of code that does the magic to notify the browser on state changes is the part where I am updating the content of “ReportDiv” element with req.responseText when req.readyState == 3. The responseText dynamically loads the flushed response and this piece of code updates the content of the browser. Then finally I hide the loader image when the req.readyState turns 4 that means – loaded, all the data has been received. This entire process is initiated by the getData() method which is invoked during the pageload even, but you can do the same on onclick of a button or anchor tag or by raising some other event that suits your need. For a refresher on what is happening inside DataHandler.ashx here is the web handler codes.


The web handler simulates a long running task by putting the Thread to sleep. However it keeps flushing the response when the browser is connected to the server, until the task is complete. Please check my earlier post where I have done detailed discussion on Response.IsClientConnected property, Response.Flush method etc.

You may be wondering that this is still not the perfect solution that we are looking for as responseText is not available during readyState==3 in all browsers, we cannot do much about this however we can implement the IFrame Call that works in most of the browsers. Lets look at that.

Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 4:22 AM | Back to top

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