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Hello,

I am having a little difficulty understanding how to pass and return information using scriptaculous' Ajax.InPlaceEditor.  According to the website the format is as such:

new Ajax.InPlaceEditor( element, url, [options]);

The part that I am having a problem with is the url on the server-side.  When I modify the text area, the modified info is somehow passed to this url, however it is not clear on how to process this or what variables it's using (ie, POST, GET, etc?)  I am using PHP and it would be great to know if I can modify a cell from a table and pass it (using POST) to a php file which will in turn, update my mysql database (which contains that data) and return the updated value.  So for instance, if I have a table as such:

+--------+--------+-----+
| data1  |  data2  |  ID  |
+--------+--------+-----+

and the user updates the contents of data2, I would like to update the mysql table that contains that information, based on the ID of the row changed.  I am confused as to how to pass that (as a POST) to the url given above and how it can return that info.

Many Thanks!
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by:con2007
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To all experts out there, am I not asking this question correctly?  Does it need re-writing?  I'm not sure if my question is not making sense as I've not received any responses yet...

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hielo earned 2000 total points
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Given this:
<p id="editme">Click moi, click me!</p>

If you were to call send it simply as:
new Ajax.InPlaceEditor('editme', 'save.php');

on the server you would get the updated content as:
$_POST['value'], which would evaluate to "Click moi, click me!", but that's the only thing passed to the server (based on my observation), so you don't really know which field this "updated value" is associated to.
Just so we are clear, the "default" field name containing the updated value is "value" and the default method is "POST".

The following will "POST" the content of the "editme" paragraph with some additional parameters:

  new Ajax.InPlaceEditor('editme', 'save.php', { ajaxOptions:{method:'post'}, callback: function(form, value) { return 'thisvar=true&thatvar=Howdy&editMe=' + escape(value) }})

On the server:
$_POST['thisvar'] will evaluate to "true";
$_POST['thatvar'] will evaluate to "Howdy";
$_POST['editMe'] will evaluate to "Click moi, click me!";

The trick is to use a "callback" function which returns a string containing all the parameters that you intend to "POST". When a "callback" function is used, you must append the updated value. By default, the callback function will receive the updated value as the second parameter. Hence, on the example above, I "renamed" the default field from "value" to "editMe", and then assigned the updated value to it before it gets posted.
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by:con2007
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Many Thanks hielo, that was exactly what I needed!!
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by:Beckerist
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This is also valid (php is the example I use, can apply to any:)

You can pass $_GET["var1"] to save.php too...
<?
echo "new Ajax.InPlaceEditor('editme', 'save.php?var1=" . $var1 . "');";
?>

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by:con2007
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Thanks Beckerist - good to know it can pass strings in the URL as well!
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