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Trouble submitting with onunload

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I am trying to automatically submit a form when the "onunload" event fires.  The problem that I'm having is that the page doesn't seem to submit when I fire the onunload event.  Any ideas as to what may be happening?  A snippet of my code is attached below.  Thanks.

<body onunload="frmPhase.submit();">
  <form method="POST" name="frmPhase" action="TestPage.asp?Update=Y">
     <input type="test" name="DatatField">
  </form>
</body>
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Question by:TheChos
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COBOLdinosaur earned 375 total points
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The user has left; ended the session;  the page is dead.  The onunload event is for doing things like putting up a thank you for visiting message.  You cannot do forms processing off of it because there is no longer a place to send the response.  The user has left.

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by:Ryan Chong
Ryan Chong earned 375 total points
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Generally what i will do to force what user entered is captured when they didn't click on the "submit" button and exit the page (including you close it by clicking cross (x) button at title bar) is to popup another page (as Cobol already mentioned, some sort of thank you page), so that we can save the info via that popup form.

Alternatively, you can close that popup form automatically for certain time interval if you want, so that user not getting irritated by the popup page.

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by:COBOLdinosaur
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And what about the growing number of users with popup blockers?  Even when you do get the popup fired transferring form data is unreliable; may trigger a security alert; and may be block with user settings because it is re-directed form data.

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by:TheChos
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I was able to correct the problem using input from both responses.

Administator, please split the points.
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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TheChos,

You have the option to do the split.  Right after the last comment there is a link to split points.  Just click it that then you can assign points to multiple comments.

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TheChos,

Would you please explain the reason for the C.  As C is the lowest grade you can give it generally means that the experts were not very helpful, but your comments indicate that you solved your problem based on our comments.  

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