Tip: Accessing the IHTMLDocument Interface of an HTML Frame Within Internet Explorer

When developing applications that embed the IE webbrowser control as an application rendering engine or when developing browser debugging tools, the cross-domain scripting restrictions in the browser can limit the effectiveness of developing those solutions. Sometimes you need to be able to manipulate the contents of an iframe programatically from these tools and using the DOM doesn't work because of the safeguards that the browser has in place to safeguard against cross-domain scripting attacks.

Microsoft provides the following snippet for enumerating the frames within an IHTMLDocument in the following article, How to get the WebBrowser object model of an HTML frame. This is only of limited usefulness since it only demonstrates iterating through all frames and refreshing them. The following snippet shows how to obtain the IHTMLDocument interface for an iframe by its id.

HRESULT getFrameDocumentById(IHTMLDocument2* topLevelDocument,
                             LPOLESTR frameId,
                             IHTMLDocument2** frameDocument)
{
   HRESULT hresult = E_FAIL;
   CComPtr<IOleContainer> container;
   HRESULT hr = topLevelDocument->QueryInterface(IID_IOleContainer,
                                                 (void**)&container);
   if (hr == S_OK) 
   {
      CComPtr<IEnumUnknown> enumerator;
      // Get an enumerator for the frames 
      hr = container->EnumObjects(OLECONTF_EMBEDDINGS, &enumerator);
      if (hr == S_OK) 
      {
         CComPtr<IUnknown> unk;
         ULONG uFetched;
         // Enumerate and refresh all the frames
         for (UINT i = 0; S_OK == enumerator->Next(1, &unk,
              &uFetched); i++) 
         {
            CComPtr<IWebBrowser2> browser;
            // QI for IWebBrowser here to see if we have an embedded
            // browser
            hr = unk->QueryInterface(IID_IWebBrowser2,
                                     (void**)&browser);
            if (hr == S_OK) 
            { 
               CComPtr<IHTMLElement> htmlElement;
               unk->QueryInterface(IID_IHTMLElement,
                                   (void**)&htmlElement);
               CComBSTR id;
               if (SUCCEEDED(htmlElement->get_id(&id)) && id)
               {
                  CComPtr<IDispatch> disp;
                  browser->get_Document(&disp);
                  if (disp != NULL )
                  { 
                     CComPtr<IHTMLDocument2> frameDoc;
                     hr = disp->QueryInterface( IID_IHTMLDocument2,
                                               (void**)&frameDoc);
                        if (hr == S_OK)
                        {
                           if (!wcscmp(id, frameId))
                           {
                              *frameDocument = frameDoc;
                              (*frameDocument)->AddRef();
                              hresult = S_OK;
                              break;
                        }
                     }
                  }
               }
            }
         }
      }
   }
   return hresult;
}

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