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    Feature request. "non-submit" button

    Asked by NRCsupport on March 09, 2014 at 05:31 PM

    Would it be possible to have a button which goes to the url defined in the thankyou url field but which does not actually submit anything?

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by jonathan on March 09, 2014 at 07:46 PM

    Hi,

    You can just add an image like button with an HREF link... using the TEXT field.

    Is this how you meant to do?

    Inform us if you need further assistance.

    Thanks!

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    Answered by NRCsupport on March 10, 2014 at 07:05 AM

    Not exactly. I need the link url to contain the current contents of two of the fields on the form. The only way I've found to do this is to set up the thankyou url, which does allow field substitution. So I want to be able to go to that url without actually creating a submission.

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    Answered by ashwin_d on March 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Hello NRCsupport,

    I am not sure if I understood that.

    Do you mean to say that you need to access the values of form fields (in {fieldname} format) without submitting the form.

    I don't think that will be possible because the field names within the "{}" are actually server side variables. It will have a value only when the form is submitted and values are assigned to it on the server side.

    Unless my colleagues have any other ideas, I don't think there is a way to achieve your requirement.

    Thank you!

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    Answered by NRCsupport on March 10, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Do you mean to say that you need to access the values of form fields (in {fieldname} format) withoutsubmitting the form.

    Yes, that was what I meant. But I think you are saying that the parameter substitution happens as part of the submission process. That makes sense to me.

    Would it be possible to provide an option whereby the submit process does not actually store any submission data?

    If you have seen my thread Can I put a button on my form to go to a particular url you will have seen that what I am doing is putting a link on my own thankyou page to allow the submitter to go back in and edit the submission. The thankyou page is itself a JotForm form, and I've used a renamed submit button as a way of going to the original submission in edit mode. I've removed all emails from the thankyou form, so no one will be bothered by unwanted emails, but it would be nice not get a submission record stored for this "dummy" submission.


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    Answered by NeilVicente on March 10, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    @NRCsupport

    No offense, but I don't think your request has any merit to it. First off, not 'submitting' the data on a form conflicts with the very definition of a form.

    Secondly, this 'feature' is very vulnerable to abuse. One can freely get data from the form and not incur any submission counts. Spammers would be more than happy to have this ''feature' :)

    If you don't want the submissions to be stored, you may try using this JotForm app instead:

    http://auto-delete.jotform.io/

    You may also just get the form's source code, host it on your server then change the form action to your custom script page that it is programmed to understand the data submitted by the form.

    If you need more help with any of those workarounds I suggested, please feel free to ask.

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    Answered by NRCsupport on March 10, 2014 at 01:07 PM

    Thanks, I'll look at that app. It might be just what I want.

    I see what you are saying. But as I've explained elsewhere, this isn't actually a form and there is no data on it. It is my thankyou page for another form. The thankyou needs to be tailored according to some of the fields on the other form. Using a JotForm with conditions based on parameters passed in the url seemed the easiest way to do it.

    The thankyou form has nothing for the user to enter. Originally it had no buttons either. It is displayed within the standard master border for my website, and the user can use the normal navigation buttons to choose where to go next. But I wanted to add a button or link that could be used to go back into the original form to check and edit the submission. The only way I've found to do this is via the thankyou form's own thankyou url and the (relabelled) submit button. So there is no actual submission involved.

    I don't think that getting thr source code would actually work. I am using a website builder tool (Netobjects Fusion) and that does not allow much flexibility in the insertion of code. BesidesI don't really want to edit what JotForm produces for me, as I wouldhave to redo the edit if I ever modify the form.