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Auto-detecting Form Submission

9:23 pm on Feb 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hello, I was wondering if there is an easy way to automatically detect if a form has been submitted on a page. Basically I need to run a JS function on every form submission on many pages. Now i know i can add in the <form> tag the following attribute:


However I am trying to make this happen throughout my whole website consisting of many forms in many places including a custom made CMS. So with that said I would like to try to add some JS to the head of the page which will detect a form submission. I was thinking maybe setting an event handler to run ever second to see if a form was submitted, but I wasn't sure if that was possible or even the best way to do it?


9:38 pm on Feb 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Instead of onclick, you better add the onSubmit event. The function that you call there must return true for the form to submit, otherwise the browser will do nothing.

Personally I don't know any other events that can arise when a form is being submitted. So I think you should add the attribute to every form anyway.

3:03 pm on Feb 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Yes my mistake, i ment "onSubmit"... but there is no way in Javascript to automatically detect the submission of a form?
4:59 pm on Feb 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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function fSub(f) {


<form onsubmit="return fSub(this)">

fSub() knows automatically when the form is submitted. And it can prevent submission or modify the form values before submitting.

6:24 pm on Feb 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Something like this?
else if(el.attachEvent){
addEvent(window,"load",function (){
var fs=document.forms;
for(var i=0;i<fs.length;i++){
9:29 pm on Feb 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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