Byron asks:

jQuery question that I can't get my head around. I have a form with about 20 questions. The client want to show one question "per page". So instead of 20 cfm files, I thought I'd try jQuery to hide/show the questions so I'd have only one cfm page. I put "Next" buttons to proceed to next question.

Excerpt of form:

<div id="q2">
<p>2.) Question 2 <input name="Age" type="text"></p>
<input type="button" name="Next" value="Next" id="Next2" />

<div id="q3">
<p>2.) Question 3 <input name="Birthplace" type="text"></p>
<input type="button" name="Next" value="Next" id="Next3" />

My jQuery is like so:


Works like I want it to. Now the question. Is there way to create a function for this so I don't have to do 20 functions. I tried some ways using .parentNode and .nextSibling with no avail.

Before I had a chance to answer, Bryon came back with a partial solution:

I was able to clean the code up a bit like so:


So now I would need to list each ID selector (Next2-Next20) in the selector. Would there be a way to clean that up?

I decided to try to tackle this solution a different way. First, I decided that I did not want to have to add buttons to each question. I thought this would make the form a bit simpler and give us more control over the "pagination":

<form id="mainform" method="post">

<div class="question">

  1. Why do you rock, Raymond? <input type="text" name="whyrock"> </div>

<div class="question"> 2) A radio question:<br/> <input type="radio" name="q2" value="a">Apples<br/> <input type="radio" name="q2" value="b">Bananas<br/> </div>

<div class="question"> 3) Another dumb question: <input type="text" name="q3"> </div>

<div class="question"> 4) A textarea question:<br/> <textarea name="foo"></textarea> </div>


Note that I've made use of a class on each div called question. To help create a pagination effect, I then added this style:

<style> .question { display:none; } </style>

Now let's look at the jQuery I ended up with:

$(document).ready(function() { //add the Next button $('.question').append("<br/><input type='button' value='Next' class='questionBtn'>")

//show q1 $('.question:first').show()

$('.questionBtn').click(function(){ //new logic here - am i the last one? if($(this).parent().is(":last-child")) { $("#mainform").submit() } $(this).parent().hide(); $(this).parent().next().show(); }) })

I begin by finding all my question divs and appending a Next button to them. This saves me some work right there. Since I previously hid all my questions, I now show the first one. Finally, I've modified Bryon's code a bit to handle the buttons. His code actually worked perfectly fine - but I wanted to make sure that the last button would perform a form submit. (In fact, it occurs to me I could also make the last button label read 'Submit' instead of 'Next' if I wanted to as well.) I use the is() function to compare the node to the last one - and if they match - perform a submit. (Thank you, StackOverflow: How to check for DOM equality with jQuery?)

How well does it work? Check the demo yourself:

You can view source to see the complete HTML there. Anyone else done something like this? I'll note that I wrote this in like five minutes so I'm sure there are things that can be improved.