Szuturon Szuturon - 1 year ago 67
jQuery Question

Clearing my form inputs after submission

I've tried it a few different ways based on searches I've done on the subject and for some reason I can't get it to work. I just want my text inputs and textarea to clear after I hit the submit button.

Here's the code.

<div id="sidebar-info">
<form name="contact-form" action="formprocess.php" method="post" target="ninja-frame">
<h1>By Phone</h1>
<p id="by-phone">XXX-XXX-XXXX</p>
<h1>By Email</h1>
<p id="form-row">Name</p>
<input name="name" id="name" type="text" class="user-input" value="">
<p id="form-row">Email</p>
<input name="email" id="email" type="text" class="user-input" value="">
<p id="form-row">Message</p>
<textarea name="message" id="message" class="user-input" rows="10" maxlength="1500"></textarea>
<p>*Please fill out every field</p>
<input type="submit" value="Submit" id="submit" onclick="submitForm()">

function submitForm() {;;

Answer Source

Your form is being submitted already as your button is type submit. Which in most browsers would result in a form submission and loading of the server response rather than executing javascript on the page.

Change the type of the submit button to a button. Also, as this button is given the id submit, it will cause a conflict with Javascript's submit function. Change the id of this button. Try something like

<input type="button" value="Submit" id="btnsubmit" onclick="submitForm()">

The name of the form contains a - dash. However, Javascript translates - as a minus and hence the issue.

You will need to either user array based notation or use document.getElementById() / document.getElementsByName(). The getElementById() function returns the element directly as Id is unique (but it requires an Id to be set). The getElementsByName() returns an array of values that have the same name. In this instance as we have not set an id, we can use the getElementsByName with index 0.

Try the following

function submitForm() {
   // Get the first form with the name
   // Hopefully there is only one, but there are more, select the correct index
   var frm = document.getElementsByName('contact-form')[0];
   frm.submit(); // Submit
   frm.reset();  // Reset
   return false; // Prevent page refresh
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