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When hosting the WebBrowser control in a Visual C++ application, it may be necessary to access methods or properties of the container from script on a Web page. This article describes how to do this by implementing the IDocHostUIHandler interface.
By implementing the IDocHostUIHandler interface, you can control many of the User Interface features of the WebBrowser control in your hosting application. IDocHostUIHandler also allows you to extend the Dynamic HTML (DHTML) Object Model to access methods and properties of the container from within script.
The GetExternal() method of IDocHostUIHandler provides this functionality. When script on a Web page calls "window.external.yourMethod," the WebBrowser control calls your GetExternal method to retrieve a pointer to the IDispatch of your hosting application. It is through this pointer that the WebBrowser control is able to access your methods and properties.
Once the WebBrowser control has a pointer to the IDispatch of the container, it then calls IDispatch::GetIDsOfNames() to get the DISPID of the method or property called from script, yourMethod in this case.
Finally, the WebBrowser control calls IDispatch::Invoke() with the DISPID retrieved from GetIDsOfNames().
Here are the steps you must follow to extend the DHTML Object Model to be able to access the container's methods and properties from script:
For more information about the technologies discussed in this article, please refer to the documentation regarding Advanced Hosting Interfaces and IDocHostUIHandler in the following MSDN web site:
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