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Display page in popup window


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27 May 2008 at 1:54pm Community Member, 6 Posts

I am wondering if there is a way to display content in a popup window similar to the way the Profile popup is used in the admin section.

A specific example of what I want do is based on ArticlePage and ArticleHolder from the tutorial. What I would like to do is display a list of articles on a page based on ArticleHolder and when the user clicks the ReadMore... link the ArticlePage is displayed in a popup window rather navigating to the ArticlePage.

Is it possible to do this?

Thank you in advance for any help.


27 May 2008 at 6:54pm Community Member, 501 Posts


the profile popup in the backend uses an extension of complextablefield, take a look at that if you want this in the content section of the cms, it's pretty common. It lists data in a table, and you can edit/view this in a popup, just like the profile (but only in the cms!)

However I think you're talking about having some kind of popup in the frontend. AFAIK there's nothing prefab for this, as it's more a javascript thing than a sapphire/cms thing, but there are a lot of javascript frameworks out there that make building this a lot easier, I'm thinking of YUI and Mootools amongst others...


27 May 2008 at 8:31pm Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

We've done this internally on a few projects using jQuery + fancybox - or thickbox which both allow html content in a popup. I recommend fancybox. has a nicer design :D.

Although using jQuery breaks some client side form validation and it does some werid things to page comments (due to conflicts with prototype) so you should disable prototype (on the frontend) using Requirements()..

Other then that I bet theres a prototype or mootools version that would do the same!


28 May 2008 at 2:42am Community Member, 6 Posts


Thanks for replying. Following your suggestions I have been investigating methods using javascript and came across a lightweight window library on called 'DHTML Window widget' and an extension called 'DHTML Modal Windows'.

Using this library it is possible to populate a hidden div on a page using an ajax call and then make the div visible. This seems to meet my needs nicely.

Now to try and port this into SilverStripe. Will let you know how it goes.



28 May 2008 at 1:56pm Community Member, 6 Posts


If anybody is interested I have just been experimenting with the 'DHTML Window widget' and it works well. Doesn't seem to cause any problems for Silverstripe.