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From Ken Bowen <>
Subject Re: [OT] Using jsp/serlvets to track clicking
Date Mon, 02 Mar 2009 22:36:17 GMT
I see your problem.  However, I do believe that most of the recent  
smart phones support javascript, including basic Ajax.
Definitely iPhone/iTouch, and I believe the T1 too.  I'm not sure  
about the most recent Blackberries and Nokias (but it's
something I need to find out).

I guess it would depend on exactly what your market covers.


On Mar 2, 2009, at 5:18 PM, Jonathan Mast wrote:

> Thanks Ken, the problem with this solution is that these pages are for
> viewing on mobile phones, most of which do not have JavaScript  
> capability.
> What I had in mind was akin to what I do on regular website when I  
> want a
> link to generate a file that is saved to disk (an excel report app,  
> for
> instance).  In this case, I set the Content-Disposition: to file or  
> whatever
> by calling method in the response object.
> There must be something similar that can make the browser behave  
> like it has
> just clicked a regular TEL:NNNNNNNNNN link.
> On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 4:00 PM, Ken Bowen <> wrote:
>> Well, a very generic way of getting a hold of a "click"  in the  
>> kind of
>> setting you're describing
>> would be to an an "onclick" to the link, invoking some Javascript  
>> doing
>> whatever you want.
>> Maybe something like   <a href="tel:5555555555
>> onclick="myCalltrackingCode();">here</a> to listen!
>> Almost all html entities support onclick.
>> --Ken
>> On Mar 2, 2009, at 3:22 PM, Jonathan Mast wrote:
>> [Sorry for this non-Tomcat specific question, but Sun Forums didn't  
>> help
>>> me
>>> much with this one]
>>> I would like to know how to imitate the click of link in JSP or  
>>> serlvet,
>>> in
>>> order to track clicks.
>>> I have pages with links containing tel protocol URIs like this:
>>> Click <a href="tel:5555555555">here</a> to listen!
>>> I want to replace the above with something like this:
>>> Click <a href="call_tracking.jsp?pn=5555555555">here</a> to listen!
>>> And have call_tracking.jsp do its tracking stuff and then spawn a  
>>> phone
>>> call, just like the first example does. I do not want to bother  
>>> the user
>>> with another page, hence the need to accomplish the click action
>>> programmatically. I presume this feat is achievable via Response  
>>> header
>>> magic, I just don't know the right incantation ;-)
>>> I should add that this is not necessarily a TEL-specific question,  
>>> I am
>>> looking for a generic, protocol-independent mechanism for  
>>> mimicking a
>>> "click".
>>> Thanks
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