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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<entry type="method" name="serializeArray" return="Array">
<desc>Encode a set of form elements as an array of names and values.</desc>
<p>The <code>.serializeArray()</code> method creates a JavaScript array of objects, ready to be encoded as a JSON string. It operates on a jQuery object representing a set of form elements. The form elements can be of several types:</p>
&lt;div&gt;&lt;input type="text" name="a" value="1" id="a" /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;
&lt;div&gt;&lt;input type="text" name="b" value="2" id="b" /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;
&lt;div&gt;&lt;input type="hidden" name="c" value="3" id="c" /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;
&lt;textarea name="d" rows="8" cols="40"&gt;4&lt;/textarea&gt;
&lt;div&gt;&lt;select name="e"&gt;
&lt;option value="5" selected="selected"&gt;5&lt;/option&gt;
&lt;option value="6"&gt;6&lt;/option&gt;
&lt;option value="7"&gt;7&lt;/option&gt;
&lt;input type="checkbox" name="f" value="8" id="f" /&gt;
&lt;input type="submit" name="g" value="Submit" id="g" /&gt;
<p>The <code>.serializeArray()</code> method uses the standard W3C rules for <a href="">successful controls</a> to determine which elements it should include; in particular the element cannot be disabled and must contain a <code>name</code> attribute. No submit button value is serialized since the form was not submitted using a button. Data from file select elements is not serialized.</p>
<p>This method can act on a jQuery object that has selected individual form elements, such as <code>&lt;input&gt;</code>, <code>&lt;textarea&gt;</code>, and <code>&lt;select&gt;</code>. However, it is typically easier to select the <code>&lt;form&gt;</code> tag itself for serialization:</p>
<pre><code>$('form').submit(function() {
return false;
<p>This produces the following data structure (provided that the browser supports <code>console.log</code>):</p>
name: "a",
value: "1"
name: "b",
value: "2"
name: "c",
value: "3"
name: "d",
value: "4"
name: "e",
value: "5"
<desc>Get the values from a form, iterate through them, and append them to a results display.</desc>
function showValues() {
var fields = $(":input").serializeArray();
jQuery.each(fields, function(i, field){
$("#results").append(field.value + " ");
$(":checkbox, :radio").click(showValues);
body, select { font-size:14px; }
form { margin:5px; }
p { color:red; margin:5px; }
b { color:blue; }
<html><![CDATA[<p><b>Results:</b> <span id="results"></span></p>
<select name="single">
<select name="multiple" multiple="multiple">
<option selected="selected">Multiple</option>
<option selected="selected">Multiple3</option>
<input type="checkbox" name="check" value="check1" id="ch1"/>
<label for="ch1">check1</label>
<input type="checkbox" name="check" value="check2" checked="checked" id="ch2"/>
<label for="ch2">check2</label>
<input type="radio" name="radio" value="radio1" checked="checked" id="r1"/>
<label for="r1">radio1</label>
<input type="radio" name="radio" value="radio2" id="r2"/>
<label for="r2">radio2</label>
<category slug="forms"/>
<category slug="ajax/helper-functions"/>
<category slug="version/1.2"/>
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