[thelist] Form Submittal on Enter

Andrew Clover and at doxdesk.com
Mon Jan 28 12:17:00 CST 2002

Josh <evolt at efeingold.com> wrote:

> I have noticed that IE4.0 (and perhaps others) will submit a form when the
> user hits the "Enter" key even when there is more than one field in the
> form.

Yes. You'll be pleased to know all other new browsers emulate IE's
behaviour, contradicting the HTML spec.

> Do any of you have Javascript solutions to prevent the submission of the
> form unless the Submit button was pressed?

Write an onsubmit handler that refuses to submit the form unless a flag is
set. Have the legitimate submit button set that flag. eg.

  <script type="text/javascript"><!--
    var submitclicked= false;

  <form method="POST" action="..." onsubmit="return submitclicked;">

  <input type="submit" onclick="submitclicked= true;">

Andrew Clover
mailto:and at doxdesk.com

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