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Is Form Dirty?

11.02.2006
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        Determines if a form is dirty - i.e. if any of its elements have had their state modified.

/**
 * Determines if a form is dirty by comparing the current value of each element
 * with its default value.
 *
 * @param {Form} form the form to be checked.
 * @return {Boolean} true if the form is dirty, false otherwise.
 */
function formIsDirty(form)
{
    for (var i = 0; i < form.elements.length; i++)
    {
        var element = form.elements[i];
        var type = element.type;
        if (type == "checkbox" || type == "radio")
        {
            if (element.checked != element.defaultChecked)
            {
                return true;
            }
        }
        else if (type == "hidden" || type == "password" || type == "text" ||
                 type == "textarea")
        {
            if (element.value != element.defaultValue)
            {
                return true;
            }
        }
        else if (type == "select-one" || type == "select-multiple")
        {
            for (var j = 0; j < element.options.length; j++)
            {
                if (element.options[j].selected !=
                    element.options[j].defaultSelected)
                {
                    return true;
                }
            }
        }
    }
    return false;
}
    

Comments

Snippets Manager replied on Thu, 2009/04/02 - 5:02am

You might want to check out http://github.com/acvwilson/dirty_form/tree/master for additional features (works for forms created on-the-fly, has event listeners and callback hooks etc...)