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    Member jnunemaker's Avatar
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    I have a form with one text field. The page is set to autofocus on that text field when it loads. If the user enters text in to the text field, and hits enter, the value will show in the query string if I use the get method, and the text field is cleared as if the form were submitted, however, the form does not get submitted. If you add another text field so that you have two, then set the focus to the first text field, when the user enters text and immediately hits enter without tabbing to the next field or clicking the submit button with the mouse, the form submits. The form only doesn't submit if there is one text field, set to autofocus, and the user hits enter immediately after entering text in that lone field, without clicking enter with their mouse or tabbing to the submit button and hitting enter. Also, the form works fine in mozilla firefox. It just doesn't work in IE. IE is the required browser at my company, so it has to work there. Any ideas? Did that make sense the way I explained it? If not I can explain better. Thanks, John
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    Senior Member teal's Avatar
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    Little hard to see what you mean, could you link?
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    Senior Member glyakk's Avatar
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    Trying to clarify, I think.
    So you are saying that if you have only one field in a form and have it set to autofocus so when you go to that page its selected automatically, and then start immediatly typing text into the field then press enter to 'submit' the form instead of using the mouse or tabbing to it first, the form flakes out?

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    Unpaid WDF Intern TheGAME1264's Avatar
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    The behaviour that you are experiencing is indeed IE-specific. Why it happens, I'm not 100% sure. The only way I've seen to get around this particular issue is to disable the submit button by default and use JScript to only enable the button when the required information is filled in.

    Something like this (pseudocode):


    validate function {
    (insert validation here; if validation check passes, submit button is enabled; else, button is disabled).

    Page itself:

    <input field onChange=(validate function) onBlur=(validate function)>

    Another thing that can work is to have two submit buttons. IE, on Enter, can't distinguish which button to use, and as such will usually not do anything.
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