Monday, March 5, 2007


"The XMLPortletRequest interface is a script interface to allow portlet supplied scripts to perform HTTP client functionality similar to the functionality provided by XMLHttpRequest. Unless stated otherwise, most of the concepts, behavior (including security constraints and considerations) of the XMLHttpRequest also apply to the XMLPortletRequest." (JSR-286 PLT.E)

interface XMLPortletRequest {
attribute EventListener onreadystatechange;
readonly attribute unsigned short readyState;
void open(in DOMString method, in DOMString url);
void open(in DOMString method, in DOMString url, in boolean async);
void open(in DOMString method, in DOMString url, in boolean async, in DOMString user);
void open(in DOMString method, in DOMString url, in boolean async, in DOMString user, in DOMString password);
void setRequestHeader(in DOMString header, in DOMString value);
void send();
void send(in DOMString data);
void send(in Document data);
void abort();
DOMString getAllResponseHeaders();
DOMString getResponseHeader(in DOMString header);
readonly attribute DOMString responseText;
readonly attribute Document responseXML;
readonly attribute unsigned short status;
readonly attribute DOMString statusText;

<script LANGUAGE=JavaScript>

var portletReq;

function asynchGetXMLPortletRequest(){
var requestURL = document.getElementById("fragmentURL").value;
try {
portletReq = new XMLPortletRequest();
} catch(e) {
alert("Exception: I could not find the XMLPortletRequest");
alert("portletReq = " + portletReq);
portletReq.onreadystatechange = processReqChange;'GET', requestURL, true);

function processReqChange() {
if (portletReq.readyState == 4) {
if (portletReq.status == 200) {

function displayInvoice() {
var div = document.getElementById("portletcontent");
div.innerHTML = "";
div.innerHTML = portletReq.responseText;
var but = document.getElementById("mainbut");
but.value = "clear";
but.onclick = clearContent;

function clearContent() {
var div = document.getElementById("portletcontent");
div.innerHTML = "";
var but = document.getElementById("mainbut");
but.value = "Serve fragment";
but.onclick = asynchGetXMLPortletRequest;


<input type="button" id="mainbut" value="Serve fragment" onclick="asynchGetXMLPortletRequest()">
<input type="hidden" id="fragmentURL" value="<portlet:fragmentURL /> ">
<div id="portletcontent"></div>


XMLPortletRequest Proposal
XMLPortletRequest - Part 1: Background
XMLPortletRequest - Part 2: Wrapping XMLHttpRequest
Web Services for Remote Portlets - HTTP Client API

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