View Full Version : jQuery - "return false" when submitting form? (stopping the submit)

08-25-2010, 06:58 PM
Hey there.

I'm running into a bit of trouble while trying to cancel the submit of a form. I've been following this tutorial (http://vimeo.com/4173282) (even though i'm not making a login script), and it seems to be working for him.

Here's my form:

<form action="index.php" method="post" name="pForm">
<textarea name="comment" onclick="if(this.value == 'skriv här...') this.value='';" onblur="if(this.value.length == 0) this.value='skriv här...';">skriv här...</textarea>
<input class="submit" type="submit" value="Publicera!" name="submit" />
And here's the jquery:

$(document).ready(function() {

return false;

I've already imported jQuery in the header and i know it's working. My first thought was that it might be outdated, but it's actually "just" a year ago.

So do anyone see what's wrong?

Thanks in advance.

EDIT: From what i've read the easiest and most appropriate way to abort the submit is to return false? But i can't seem to get it working. I've searched the forum and i've found several helpful threads but none of them actually works. I must be screwing something up.

08-25-2010, 07:32 PM
<form action="index.php" method="post" name="pForm" onsubmit="return(false)">

08-25-2010, 07:40 PM
That did it! But i'd like to know how to do it without using inline javascript code.

Thanks! :)

08-25-2010, 09:47 PM
<form action="index.php" method="post" name="pForm" onsubmit="someFunction()">

08-26-2010, 01:00 PM
gizmo1650 - that's still inline.

nikee - give your form an ID and use that:

<form action="index.php" method="post" id="pForm">

$(document).ready(function() {
return false;

08-26-2010, 08:20 PM
Thanks guys. I found the error, and it was such as simple mistake! Kind of embarrassing tbh...

I had added one too many "});" further down the code, and that was causing it not working.

Thanks though! :)

08-26-2010, 09:25 PM
Don't forget the jQuery Event object preventDefault() method (http://api.jquery.com/event.preventDefault/), e.g.

<form id="theForm">
<input type="text" id="username" name="username"/>
<input type="submit" id="subBtn" name="subBtn"/>

// JS code here to filter form data, etc and process.