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Here is my test page. http://tinyurl.com/yg9nw9a Press submit and you can see how it performs.

 

I have tried about a million things. I am simply trying to combine jquery validation plugin with ajax form submit. I have resigned myself to being happy with a simple javascript popup thank you message via an ajax submit. This is done in order to prevent the user from leaving the page on form submit.

 

I "think" I need to use a submitHandler in the validation JS and call the ajax submit. But I am unable to piece it together. This is the very last piece of the puzzle for me and this site. Once I get this backend stuff working it's all formatting (easy stuff).

 

The JS validation works perfect. When JS is off I'll just use my good old PHP script I have. Here is the page in it's entirety. Please help put me out of my misery. I'm definitely working above my pay-grade here.

 

edit-your-website.com

html, body {

overflow:hidden;

background:none;

}

#contactform {

float:left;

position:relative;

width:319px;

padding:0;

font-size:13px;

}

#contactform:hover, #contactform:focus {

background-position:0 -322px;

}

#contactform input {

margin:4px 0 15px;

border:0;

padding:13px;

height:17px; /* actual height = 43px */

width:293px; /* actual width = 244px */

background:url(img/input3.jpg) 100% 0 no-repeat;

}

* html #contactform input {

background-attachment:fixed;

}

#contactform input:hover, #contactform input:focus {

background-position:100% -43px;

outline:0;

}

#contactform textarea {

height:129px; /* actual height = 155px */

width:293px; /* actula width = 319px */

border:0;

background:none;

background:url(img/textarea.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat;

overflow:auto;

outline:0;

padding:13px;

resize:none;

}

#contactform textarea:hover, #contactform textarea:focus {

background-position:0 -155px;

}

#contactform input#captcha {

width:108px;

margin:13px 0 0; /* if JS is off this kicks in */

float:left;

background:url(img/captcha.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat;

}

#contactform input#captcha:hover {

background-position:0 -43px;

}

#contactform input#contact-login {

float:right;

width:134px;

height:43px;

cursor:pointer;

margin:13px 0 0;

background:url(img/captcha.jpg) no-repeat;

}

* html #contactform input#contact-login {

margin-left:-6px;

}

#contactform #contact-login:hover, #contactform #contact-login:focus {

background-position:0 -43px;

}

#contactform input.error {background-position:100% -86px;}

#contactform textarea.error {background-position:0 -310px;}

#contactform input#captcha.error {background-position:0 -86px;}

.required {color:red; font-weight:bold;}

$.validator.methods.equal = function(value, element, param) {

return value == param;

};

$(document).ready(function(){

$("#contactform").validate({

rules: {

name: "required",

email: {

required: true,

email: true

},

comments: {

required: true,

minlength: 5

},

captcha: {

equal: 4

}

},

messages: {

email: "",

name: "",

comments: "",

captcha: ""

}

});

});

function clearText(a){if(a.defaultValue==a.value){a.value=""}else{if(a.value==""){a.value=a.defaultValue}}};

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sorry can't help. Tear your hair out and rip your clothes if you must, but please don't commit suicide no web site is worth that sacrifice...!!!

 

I guess I was being a little over dramatic. This is just driving me crazy! Usually (actually always) if I read and apply myself for this long Im able to put the pieces together. Although, with this, I just keep running into brick walls. Here is my simplified post of where I'm at now, and what I'm trying to accomplish. http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/showthread.php?t=645199 I'll try for a couple more days, and if I still can't do it I will just give up and do it the only way I know how (the less cool way).

 

You see, the problem I'm having is, there are a few good tuts around the web that show how to do an Ajax submit and fade out the form and replaceing it with a thank you message. But none of them provide any validation along with it. Well other than empty or not. And I do not posess the ability to add validation to it. I can't combine the two.

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and I just figured out how to fade the form out and replace it with a thank you message. I couldn't figure out all the JS ways to do it, so I somehow managed it with css (well a lttle js). When I'm all done with my nightmare site I will put it all in plain English. That is, if I can remember how I did it by that time.

 

The only thing left is to figure out how to write an addMethod for the validation rules. I need to prevent url's from being input into the textarea. I posted all the details here if anyone has a clue... http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1668093/help-adding-a-custom-addmethod-to-bassistance-de-validation-plugin

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