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Microsoft.XMLHTTP to the rescue

Following up on my previous post regarding forwarding a user to a different page whilst another page is loading. I came up with a solution.
If you are loading a page from http://localhost, you cannot simultaneously load a page from localhost in the same session. This, I guess is a browser quirk, but nonetheless, it effects both IE and Firefox. However, you can load a page from – even though they’re the same server.
In the particular applcation I was working on, it was not acceptable to change domains, since the referer would change. Therefore, after about 4 hours of research, I read up on XMLHTTP – a technology used for out-of-band calls – as I used earlier in a .NET chatroom application.
So to get right to the code – here it is:
function openWindow(url)
 var xmlhttp=false;
 /*@cc_on @*/
 /*@if (@_jscript_version >= 5)
 // JScript gives us Conditional compilation, we can cope with old IE  versions.
 // and security blocked creation of the objects.
 try {
 xmlhttp = new ActiveXObject("Msxml2.XMLHTTP");
 } catch (e) {
 try {
 xmlhttp = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
 } catch (E) {
 xmlhttp = false;
 @end @*/
 if (!xmlhttp && typeof XMLHttpRequest!=’undefined’)
  xmlhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();                                           
  xmlhttp.open("GET", "http://<alternative URL>/" + url,true);
   if (xmlhttp.readyState==4)
  // The browser doesn’t support XMLHTTP.
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