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Multiple submit buttons in an HTML form


Let's say you create a Wizard in an HTML form. One button goes back, and one goes forward. Since the back button appears first in the markup when you press Enter it will use that button to submit the form.


  <!-- put your cursor in this field and press Enter -->
  <input type="text" name="field1" />

  <!-- This is the button that will submit -->
  <input type="submit" name="prev" value="Previous Page" />

  <!-- But this is the button that I WANT to submit -->
  <input type="submit" name="next" value="Next Page" />

What I would like to do, is get to decide which button is used to submit the form when a user presses Enter. That way, when you press Enter the Wizard will move to the next page, not the previous. Do you have to use tabindex to do this?


    A= 1

    I hope this helps. I'm just doing the trick of floating the buttons on the right.

    This way the Prev button is left of the Next button but the Next comes first in the HTML code:

    .f {
      float: right;
    .clr {
      clear: both;
    <form action="action" method="get">
      <input type="text" name="abc">
      <div id="buttons">
        <input type="submit" class="f" name="next" value="Next">
        <input type="submit" class="f" name="prev" value="Prev">
        <div class="clr"></div><!-- This div prevents later elements from floating with the buttons. Keeps them 'inside' div#buttons -->
    A= 2

    Give your submit buttons same name like this: yes

    <input type="submit" name="submitButton" value="Previous Page" />
    <input type="submit" name="submitButton" value="Next Page" />
    When the user presses enter and the Request goes to server, you can check the value for submitButton on your server-side code which contains a collection of form name/value pairs. For example in classic ASP:
    If Request.Form("submitButton") = "Previous Page" Then
        ' Code for Previous Page
    ElseIf Request.Form("submitButton") = "Next Page" Then
        ' Code for Next Page
    End If

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