IE9 RC - Error with script that worked on IE versions 4 - 8


  • I have a local script (stored in C:\Windows\Web\CopyTitleAndUrl_htm) that allows me to copy the title and URL of the current web page via a context menu entry (defined in the registry).  The script worked fine in previous version, but throws an error in IE9 RC.

    The script is:

    Title_URL right-click context tool for IE4+
    Bill James - - rev 2 Nov 2000
    <form name=a><textarea name=a1></textarea>
    <SCRIPT language=javascript defer>
      //To disable popup confirmation, change "showConfirm=1" to "showConfirm=0"
      var showConfirm=0
      var oExtArgs=external.menuArguments;
      var sTitle=oExtArgs.document.title;
      if(sTitle=='')(sTitle='No Title');
        kludge - to keep newlines we must set text in
        textarea, then create textRange and copy that.
      var oTarget=document.a.a1;
      oTarget.value=sTitle+': \r\n'+oExtArgs.location.href+'\r\n';;
      var oTextRange=oTarget.createTextRange();
      if(showConfirm)(oExtArgs.alert(oTarget.value+'\r\nCopied to Clipboard'));


    The error is:

    An error has occurred in the script on htis page

    Line: 18
    Char: 3
    Error: Unspecified error.
    Code: 0
    URL: file:///c:/windows/web/CopyTitleAndURL.HTM

    Any ideas on what is causing the error and how to fix it?




    • Moved by Yi Feng Li Monday, March 07, 2011 6:44 AM ie script issue (From:Internet Explorer Extension Development)
    Friday, March 04, 2011 3:03 PM

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  • Hi,

    This forum is for IE addins, e.g. BHO, Band objects. Since your question about script, I'm moving this thread to IE Web Developing forum for better support.



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    Monday, March 07, 2011 6:43 AM
  • hi WEricBr,

    I recommend you post this issue to our Connect feedback portal. Our developer will evaluate them seriously and take them into consideration.

    Improving the quality of our products and services is a never ending process for Microsoft.




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    Thursday, March 10, 2011 10:01 AM
  • I have a local script (stored in C:\Windows\Web\CopyTitleAndUrl_htm) that allows me to copy the title and URL of the current web page  

    Neat.   If nothing else you can use this much of it in the Address bar:


    I don't know why the CRLF doesn't work for output.  But it would be easy enough to just bang in an Enter instead after you Copy and Paste that much.   ; )

    BTW be careful in IE9 pasting javascript fragments into the Address bar; it eats the javascript protocol prefix!  A workaround is to press Ctrl-e, then paste your fragment, then delete the question mark; you don't even need to delete the separating space.  So the complete keyboard sequence for the workaround, assuming the above fragment is in your ClipBoard, would be:  Ctrl-e,Ctrl-v,Home,Delete,Enter, (pause for output), Ctrl-a, Ctrl-c, Backspace.   If that was important enough for me I could even reserve a function key for it and create an Intellitype macro with that much.   <eg>

    Thanks for the tip!

    Robert Aldwinckle

    Monday, March 21, 2011 9:44 PM
  • loose the defer statements...

    It is non standard and the browser interpretation of its use varies by vendor and IE version.

    search connect for 'defer'

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011 1:55 AM
  • What do you mean by defer statements?

    I'm a me too here?  I use this all the time when posting answers and would like to get it working again.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 5:07 PM
  • With EXTREME thanks to Ramesh Srinivasan

    Who posted up...

    Changing the following line:

    oTarget.value=sTitle+': \r\n'+oExtArgs.location.href+'\r\n';


    oTarget.value=sTitle+': \r\n'+oExtArgs.document.URL+'\r\n';

    Makes it work in IE9/IE8 (and probably in earlier versions as well).

    Credits to Socrates (Soc) Trikes, IE MVP

    Friday, April 01, 2011 1:18 AM