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Submit form to SELF without refreshing

Hi Experts,

A really simple concept. I have looked everywhere for some solution similar to mine but havent really figured a way out unfortunately.

Basically i have a page called form.php in which i have 2 functions being called via php
 <?php if (!isset($_POST['submit'])){?>    
            
       		<?php show_form();?>
         
         <?php } else {?>
         	
           <?php output_form(); ?>
         
         <?php }?>

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Basically if form is not submitted it outputs the form function (show_form()) and if it has been submitted then it ouputs a function which outputs the user inputed values (ouput_form()).

All is working fine. But when i submit the form it refreshes the page. I want it submit the form so that the page dosent refresh. Everything is being processed and outputted on the same page.

Any pointers or guidlines will be GREATLY appreciated

Thanks
 
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HugoHiaslCommented:
If you don't want to refresh the page that you submit to, why do then submit to it?

If you want only some background work done without feedback to the user, you could submit to an invisible frame.
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ACEAFTYAuthor Commented:
I would want the user to submit as he will see the result. And the result will be a HTML template with his input showing in a certain way. So the user has to click on submit basically a preview button. But the preview should show up without a refresh..

I might be able to be interested in the frame but how to go about that. If you have a link i would appreciate the resource :)

Thanks
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marceloOrigoniCommented:
You should use some of the javascript libraries, I personally prefer mootools, but jQuery, Dojo, prototype can do it as well.

 Marcelo
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darren-w-Commented:
Hi,

there are a few simple methods you can used with Jquery, the most simplest would be the load() method, but also there is the ajax() method too, you would simply detect the button being pressed returning false and calling the method then your form, outputting the returned content into a div on the page.

Darren

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Ray PaseurCommented:
You can create the effect of a page that does not refresh with jQuery.

But I've just got to ask - why would you go to the effort?  The client fills in a form and clicks "submit" - and the HTML form sends the data to the URL in the action= attribute of the <form> tag, and a new page appears.  It's been like that on the WWW for almost 20 years, and it still works well today.  Most importantly, you can get your application working instantly if you use the tried and true methods.
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marceloOrigoniCommented:
 Yeah, why are we going to use html 5, and css 3, let's go back to plain HTML3, and let's make designs full of tables.
 Because you need to reload a 20KB site, when you can only load a 1KB file.
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Ray PaseurCommented:
Reload a 20KB site?  Sure - why not?  You will have little difference in page load time versus a 1KB file.  It's a lot easier to write code that works when you use techniques that work.  I doubt that there is any harm in reloading a 20KB site, especially when compared to losing days of your life trying to debug something that you don't already understand!

I'm not a luddite, and I don't have any objection to progress - including HTML5 and CSS3.  I use tables for tabular data, but not for design (and I'm not really much of a designer, anyway).  But I do believe in taking the path of least resistance.

Best to all, over and out, ~Ray
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ACEAFTYAuthor Commented:
The reason i would really like this feature is because on the form the user will be adding additional input fields to the form using jquery. On a refresh these would dissapear and if the user wanted to come back to RE-EDIT the form then those fields would dissapear due to the refresh.

Maybe i am going it about the wrong way. Which is why i would like to have pointers. The reason i was finding ajax a problem was because on the ajax call every example i have seen is the process being called from an external php file, rather than for a form being submitted to itself.

I have come with a temporary solution. Making the form target set to "_blank" hence output opening in another page without refreshing the current form. Thanks for everyones input
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ACEAFTYAuthor Commented:
Was not as simple as expected.
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