Using Netscape Server Push Technology with ASP

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The Netscape Web browser implements a proprietary technology known as Server Push to send a type of dynamic page updates to a client. This technology is not supported by Microsoft Internet Explorer. However, you can use Server Push with Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP), or you can Client Pull as an optional method of displaying dynamic page updates in Internet Explorer.
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Server Push Using ASP

To implement Server Push using ASP, do the following:
  1. Save the following code as Push.asp in a folder with at least Script access defined:
    <% @Language="VBScript" %><%  Option Explicit  Dim strBoundary  ' change the following string to whatever boundary you wish to use  strBoundary = "MSBOB"  ' turn off buffering  Response.Buffer = False  ' set the content type as a multipart document  Response.ContentType = "multipart/x-mixed-replace;boundary=" & strBoundary  ' create a function to output the boundary  Sub WriteBoundary()    Response.Write "--" & strBoundary & vbCrLf    Response.Write "Content-Type: text/html" & vbCrLf & vbCrLf  End Sub  ' this is a very unelegant sleep function just to create a short delay  Sub Sleep(tmpSeconds)    Dim dtmOne,dtmTwo    dtmOne = Now()    While DateDiff("s",dtmOne,dtmTwo) < tmpSeconds      dtmTwo = Now()    Wend  End Sub%><% WriteBoundary %><html><body><p>First Page</p></body></html><%  Sleep 10  WriteBoundary%><html><body><p>Second Page</p></body></html><%  Sleep 10  WriteBoundary%><html><body><p>Third Page</p></body></html>						
  2. Browse to the page using the Netscape Web browser. The following behavior should occur:

    • The first page displays for 10 seconds, and the browser indicates that it is still loading a document.

    • The second page displays for 10 seconds, and the browser continues to indicate that it is still loading a document.

    • The third page displays, and the browser indicates that the document loading has completed.
For more information on Server Push, Client Pull, and Microsoft's Internet products, please see the following articles:
159650 - Server Push Animation Not Supported in Internet Explorer
194083 - FP98: How to Use Client Pull in FrontPage Web Documents
196471 - FP2000: How to Use Client Pull in FrontPage Web Documents
240774 - How to Enable Client Pull for Web Servers, Sites, and Folders
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