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Opened 14 years ago

Closed 14 years ago

Last modified 11 years ago

#4678 closed bug (invalid)

Form Submit handler not working

Reported by: shwoodard Owned by: brandon
Priority: major Milestone: 1.4
Component: event Version: 1.3.2
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked by: Blocking:


I created an event handler for a form, 'submit'. I then called submit() on that form and the event handler hit briefly and then submited the form despite the fact that the first line of my event handler was evt.preventDefault(). I found a fix but it was rather hackish.

More details: I had two files both loaded on the same page.

File 1:

$(document).ready(function() {

$('.myForms').live('submit', function (evt) {

evt.preventDefault(); do more stuff



File 2: $(document).ready(function () {

$('.myLink').live('click', function (evt) {




The form in file 2 was one of the forms for which the sumbit handler in file 1 was registered. However the prevent default did not work.

I had to apply the following hack:

file 2:

$(document).ready(function () {

$('.myLink').live('click', function (evt) {

$(this).closest('form').bind('submit, function(evt) { evt.preventDefault(); }.submit();



In the case of my hack/fix, the event handler in file 2 was hit to prevent default on the submit event and then the event handler for submit in file 1 was hit and the form serialization and ajax that is performed by that function could go down.

Why was the one submit handler in file 1 not adequate?

Change History (1)

comment:1 Changed 14 years ago by dmethvin

Resolution: invalid
Status: newclosed

The documentation is clear that the submit event is *not* supported by the .live() method:


Many form events such as submit are not bubbled in IE, btw, so it's trickier to support than you might think.

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