Expand page height based on iframe source

Since I’m using Mindtouch Core as an intranet site for my company, I have decided to encourage its further use by collecting the various tools and custom sites I have built into one area. Rather than require personnel to have bookmarks to a variety of different tools, I have created a links page within our Wiki, and sub-pages with iframes to each of the internal tools.

Toolbox display of links


The problem is, each iframe within a Wiki page needs it’s height set, and if I statically set it, sooner or later its going to be too big or too small. I want the height of the iframe to scale dynamically with the height of the content in the iframe.
This normally isn’t an issue, however the Wiki and source of the iframe are considered cross-domain; they’re on separate servers at separate paths. Most javascript solutions won’t work with this type of setup.

Luckily I found someone who does have a resolution. Full credit goes to John and his post here from 2006.

I will document how I got this to work within a Mindtouch wiki page, as that was the primary source of my problems with this code.


First, you’ll need to create a file with the following code:

    <title>Resizing Page</title>
    <script type="text/javascript">
       * This iframe gets load by the first iframe. This one
       * will communicate with the main page telling it to
       * resize the iframe that has content in it. It will
       * get the height from the URL that was used to
       * link to this page, e.g. iframe-resize.html?height=456
      function onLoad() {
        var params = window.location.search.substring( 1 ).split( '&' );
        var height;
        for( var i = 0, l = params.length; i < l; ++i ) {
          var parts = params[i].split( '=' );
          switch( parts[0] ) {
          case 'height':
            height = parseInt( parts[1] );
        if( typeof( height ) == 'number' ) {
          window.top.updateIFrame( height );
    window.onload = onLoad;
    <p>Resizing IFrame...</p>

Then, transfer this file to the filesystem of your wiki. I placed mine in /var/www/dekiwiki/config.

On the site that you want to appear inside the iframe, you need to add a few things. In the HEAD section:

<script type="text/javascript">
       * This function will update the URL on the inner iframe,
       * i.e. the iframe within an iframe.
      function resizeThisFrame() {
        var iframe = document.getElementById( 'inneriframe' );
        var wrapper = document.getElementById( 'container' );
        var height = Math.max( document.body.offsetHeight, document.body.scrollHeight );
        iframe.src = 'http://yourwiki/config/iframetest-resize.html?height='+height;

In the above code, you must make sure your iframe ID matches, and the wrapper ID (I’m using a div tagged as ‘container’. Also, the last line should point to the file you put in the wiki filesystem.

Then, in the BODY tag, add:

  <body onload="resizeThisFrame()">

And then finally somewhere inside this source page, add a hidden iframe that matches the ID in the javascript above:

      <iframe id="inneriframe" width="10" height="10"></iframe>

Now, all that remains is to put an iframe on your wiki page, and then somewhere on the wiki page, paste the following in the WYSIWYG editor:

{{    <script type="text/javascript">"
      function updateIFrame( height ) {
        var iframe = document.getElementById( 'projectsite' );
        iframe.setAttribute( 'height', height );

The ID in that javascript should match the iframe ID on your wiki page.

That’s all you need; now the iframe in the wiki page should dynamically expand with the contents!

Hide file revisions on Mindtouch page

I’ve currently got a Mindtouch Wiki set up in my company, and a recent request came in to be able to hide file revisions for individual pages. After a bit of searching through the Mindtouch developer site and forums, I found the CSS code necessary to hide the “+” icon to expand the list of file revisions.
To apply this, first create a new template, from your templates section: http://yourwiki/template:

In your new page, switch to source view, and paste this in:


<style type="text/css">/*<![CDATA[*/
#attachTable .group {
display: none !important;
.groupparent .col1 a {
display: none !important;


Now you can simply call that template from the toolbar on the page you wish to hide file revisions:

CKEditor toolbar with Templates shown


Here’s the difference:

Ajax AutoCompleteExtender with MSSQL datasource

I’m building a form and wanted to use the autocompleteextender control of the Ajax Toolkit. Having limited skills with ASP.net and C#, I began by looking for examples online. However, nothing I found and tried seemed to be working. I finally found a simple example here that helped me get on my way.

I’ve reproduced my code below as a self-reference, and to hopefully help someone else avoid troubles with this control.



<!-- Need to have the toolkitscript manager in your page -->
<asp:ToolkitScriptManager ID="ToolkitScriptManager1" runat="server" EnablePageMethods="true" >
<!-- Textbox that the autocomplete will target -->
<asp:TextBox ID="CEMPNAMETextBox" runat="server" Text='<%# Bind("CEMPNAME") %>' />
<!-- AutocompleteControl -->
<asp:AutoCompleteExtender ID="AutoCompleteExtender1" runat="server"
                            UseContextKey="True" />

TargetControlID – the ID of the textbox that we’ve chosen to use
ServiceMethod – name of the method as defined in your codebehind file

Default.aspx.cs (C#)

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
using System.Configuration;
namespace ITIventory
    public partial class _Default : System.Web.UI.Page
            [System.Web.Services.WebMethodAttribute(), System.Web.Script.Services.ScriptMethodAttribute()]
            public static string[] GetCompletionList(string prefixText, int count, string contextKey)
                List ListCempName = new List(); // List Object
                    // Open the connection (can re-use connection string as defined in web.config)
                    SqlConnection SqlCon = new SqlConnection(System.Configuration.ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["ITInventoryConnectionString"].ConnectionString);
                    // Create a Command
                    SqlCommand SqlComm = new SqlCommand();
                    SqlComm.Connection = SqlCon;
                    // Add a employee name SQl Parameter
                    SqlComm.Parameters.Add("@cempname", SqlDbType.VarChar).Value = prefixText; // retrievable throught prefixText parameter
                    // Query for get country name from database
                    SqlComm.CommandType = CommandType.Text;
                    SqlComm.CommandText = "SELECT cempname FROM BMEMP WHERE (BMEMP.LISTERM = 'false') AND (BMEMP.cempname LIKE ''+@cempname+'%') ";
                    // Read the data and add in List object.
                    SqlDataReader SqlDr = SqlComm.ExecuteReader();
                    if (SqlDr != null)
                        while (SqlDr.Read())
                catch (Exception ex)
                    throw new Exception(ex.Message);
                return ListCempName.ToArray();

SSRS – “Jump to Report” in a different project

While working with a report for SSRS 2005, using the Business Intelligence Development Studio, I’ve used the option to “Jump to Report” very often. You can find this by going to the properties of an object (textbox, cell, etc) and the Navigation tab.

Navigation tab to jump to report


The problem I encountered today is that the drop down shown above only displays reports that existing within the current project loaded in Visual Studio. This means if you have a common report used as a drill through, a copy would need to be made inside this project which is obviously a bad idea since multiple copies would need to be updated.


However after a bit of searching I’ve found that you can specify the folder (as it appears on the Report Server) that your sub report exists in, and it will function correctly.

Specify subfolder for jump to report

By doing this, you can maintain one copy of your common reports, and just reference them from the folder name.

Note: this won’t work while previewing the master report in Visual Studio unless you have deployed the drill through report to the report server.


As a related aside, I have started organizing my reports all within one Solution in Visual Studio, each under separate projects. Prior to this I had one Solution and one Project for each set of reports, which didn’t scale very well and doesn’t allow for easy referencing. Now, I can get at them all at once:

Projects within a solution