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#6359 closed bug (fixed)

Opened March 26, 2010 05:17AM UTC

Closed October 09, 2010 10:05PM UTC

Last modified March 14, 2012 01:11AM UTC

live('submit') does nothing in IE if live('click') was called before. Same with delegate.

Reported by: JonathanAquino Owned by:
Priority: undecided Milestone: 1.4.3
Component: event Version: 1.4.2
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked by: Blocking:

In IE, if you attach a click handler using live(), then attach a submit handler using live(), the submit handler is ignored.

However, if you attach the submit handler *before* the click handler, it works.

delegate() has the same problem.

1. In IE7, go to

2. Click the submit button

Expected: You see an alert dialog: "submit"

Actual: You do not see an alert dialog

The code is:





<input type="submit" />


<a href="/jqueryLiveIssue.html">Test</a>

<script src=""></script>


$('a').live('click', function (event) {




$('form').live('submit', function(event) {






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Change History (6)

Changed March 26, 2010 07:10AM UTC by JonathanAquino comment:1

Here is a hack that works around the problem:

 * Patch (plugin) for jQuery bug 6359: "live('submit') does nothing in IE if
 * live('click') was called before. same with delegate."
 * The workaround is to ensure that live('click') calls happen *after*
 * live('submit') calls. Fixing live() fixes delegate(), which calls live().
 * This plugin uses setTimeout(..., 0) to effect the workaround. That is, it
 * defers live('click') calls to a future execution context. It should work
 * around the issue in most cases.
 * @author Jonathan Aquino
 * @see
 * @see TEZLA-538
(function($) {
    var originalLive =; = function(types) {
        var self = this;
        var args = arguments;
        if (types == 'click') {
            setTimeout(function() {
                originalLive.apply(self, args);
            }, 0);
        } else {
            originalLive.apply(self, args);

Changed March 31, 2010 04:37PM UTC by bganicky comment:2

Actually it's not "ignored", just clicking the submit button doesn't worl. When you submit by hitting Enter, it works. See:

Changed July 27, 2010 12:27AM UTC by tectonic comment:3

Thanks for posting this patch.

Changed July 27, 2010 04:19PM UTC by tectonic comment:4

Note, however, that this patch defers execution until the end of the currently running JavaScript execution path, which makes testing the live behavior difficult in some testing frameworks. A better solution would be great.

Changed September 16, 2010 09:38PM UTC by john.firebaugh comment:5

Here's an analysis. All line numbers refer to jquery-1.4.2.js.

With both 'click' and 'submit' live-bound in that order, there are two handlers for bubbled 'click' events on the document: liveHandler for the click event and the 'click.specialSubmit' handler used to normalize submit event bubbling behavior on IE (line 2201).

liveHandler for the click event is called first and matches none of the conditions on line 2534 which would cause an early return. It then sets event.liveFired = this and continues processing.

The 'click.specialSubmit' handler is called second. It triggers a submit event on the document, passing the same event object that was passed to the first liveHandler. The event's type is set to "submit" but all other properties remain the same, including liveFired. Then liveHandler is called for the triggered submit event, but since event.liveFired === this, it returns early, and the bound function is never called.

Changed October 09, 2010 10:05PM UTC by john comment:6

priority: → undecided
resolution: → fixed
status: newclosed