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Drupal forms require a submit button

July 6 2009 : posted under drupal ajax javascript

I’m working on an AJAX heavy site for a defined audience who all have JavaScript - so I have a form with no submit button that gets submitted by an change handler.

Normally I’d make sure the site was fully accessible - but not on this project so I just got rid of the submit button. I got the JavaScript submit working only to find my Drupal form no longer worked.

It seems that the Drupal submit handlers are not called if the form doesn’t have a submit button. I can’t see any reference to this in the Drupal API, but adding the  button back in and hiding it via CSS works fine.