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coldfusion.Ajax.submitForm disabling form field validation?

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I am using a simple <CFWINDOW> setup where I ssubmit a form using the ColdFusiion.ajax.submitForm function.  Everything works fine, but my cfform validation now is not working.  Does something in the <cfajaximport> wack something out with form validation?  How do I counter this?
body contents:
 
<cfwindow name="StatsWindow" center="true" closable="true"
                draggable="true" 
                modal="true"
                title="Please insert your stats"
                initshow="true" width="274" height="375"> 
	
      <cfform name="insertform"> ..........(form field, blah blah).....
 
......<input type="button" value="Submit" onclick="doInsertStats()" >
 
 
 
function called:
 
 // ajax submitForm fucntion to proxy cfc 'queries' and insert daily stats
         function doInsertStats() {
             
             ColdFusion.Ajax.submitForm('insertform', 'queries.cfc?method=insertstats',resultInsertHandler, insertErrorHandler);
             
     }

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azadisaryev earned 2000 total points
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when you submit a form/cfform using javascript, like you do, instead of clicking on a type="submit" button, CF does not automatically fire its built-in form validation scripts =  no built-in validation...

so, first question is: why do you have to use <input type="button"> instead of <input type="submit">?

second question is: are you aware of the fact that, by default, a CFFORM inside a cf ajax container (i.e. your cfwindow!) will submit into that container and will NOT refresh/reload the whole page?!
it looks to me like that IS the functionality you are after... if so, that IS the default behavior - you do not need to use ColdFusion.Ajax.submitForm() to submit your form into your cfwindow - just use a regular submit button and your cfform will be validated AND submitted into your cfwindow without refreshing the whole page!

of course, there may be a reason why you have to use <input type="button"> and can't use <input type="submit">, in which case, as i said above, cf's built-in form validation will not automatically work.
if this is your case - please let me know and i will post the code for you how to make it work.

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PS:
forgot to mention that you would need to add an ACTION attribute to your <cfform> tag so that it submits to your cfc:
<cfform name="insertform" action="queries.cfc?method=insertstats">

now, after you change your button to type="submit", your cfform will submit to your cfc function without refreshing the whole page.

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by:scripkilla
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wow, talk about over complicating things!  I did not realize cfwindow behaved as other ajax areas do in cf.  I just wished I hadn't wasted so much time getting it to work the long way.  I was able to workaround using javascript, but it was garbage.  Thanks!
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