View Full Version : When is a form not a form?

21 Jul 2012, 12:54 PM
I'm trying to use isUpload with Ext.Ajax.request to send a file upload from a form into a service via an iframe.

Here's my form setup:

title:'Test Form (fileupload) for Document View',
width: '100%',
anchor: '100%',
fieldLabel:'File to process'
xtype: 'hiddenfield',
name: 'plainTextInputOptions'

The resulting HTML is a div element with form-like attributes.

<div class="x-panel x-box-item x-panel-default" style="width: 498px; left: 0px; margin: 0px; top: 121px; height: 83px; " id="form-1014" target="ext-gen1058" method="POST" enctype="multipart/form-data" encoding="multipart/form-data" action="/services/docView/documentViewMultipart">

When I try this out, I get an error, as ext tries to run 'submit' on the div! I am puzzled.

Uncaught TypeError: Object #<HTMLDivElement> has no method 'submit' ext-all-debug-w-comments.js:53952 (http://localhost:9009/libs/extjs-4.1.0/ext-all-debug-w-comments.js)

Ext.define.uploadext-all-debug-w-comments.js:53952 (http://localhost:9009/libs/extjs-4.1.0/ext-all-debug-w-comments.js)
Ext.define.requestext-all-debug-w-comments.js:53825 (http://localhost:9009/libs/extjs-4.1.0/ext-all-debug-w-comments.js)
Ext.create.items.buttons.handlerdoc-view-test.js:104 (http://localhost:9009/js/doc-view-test.js)
Ext.define.fireHandlerext-all-debug-w-comments.js:117445 (http://localhost:9009/libs/extjs-4.1.0/ext-all-debug-w-comments.js)
Ext.define.onClickext-all-debug-w-comments.js:117435 (http://localhost:9009/libs/extjs-4.1.0/ext-all-debug-w-comments.js)
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22 Jul 2012, 9:10 AM
With an Ext.form.Panel is rendered, it doesn't contain any <form> elements. It's not till you submit the form does it create the needed elements (<form> for form submit, <iframe> for file upload)

22 Jul 2012, 4:27 PM
So, you can't pass anything created as a form panel to Ext.Ajax.request as a result.

Submit assumes some things about the nature of the data coming back.

23 Jul 2012, 5:42 AM
Note that file uploads are not doable via Ajax, since the underlying XMLHttpRequest knows nothing about multipart/form-data encoding...

However, this may be changing with the advent of the new/improved FileReader API (http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/javascript-ajax/uploading-files-with-ajax/) support which is showing up in browsers...

23 Jul 2012, 6:06 AM
Ext knows an iframe trick that does Ajax (with some quirks) for file upload.

23 Jul 2012, 11:39 AM
Yeah, I just hate the quirky solutions as I always end up running into edge-cases on different browsers...