Should data-disable-with only disable clicked button? #257

allspiritseve opened this Issue May 9, 2012 · 8 comments


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If there are two submit buttons in a form, clicking one will cause all submit buttons with data-disable-with set to be disabled with their respective messages. This is sort of weird behavior since each submit button has a different action (e.g. clicking 'Preview' causes 'Send' to say 'Sending...' in my app, even though the email is being previewed and not sent). Maybe that's an edge case though, and I just can't use disable-with with multiple submit buttons.


JangoSteve commented Aug 14, 2012

I'm thinking this is probably an edge case and also something we can't actually solve easily. The problem is, the disable-with functionality actually serves two purposes: 1) disable the elements so the form can't be re-submitted, and 2) provide the user with feedback that the form is being submitted.

I'd say 1 is the more important purpose of the two. If we make the disable-with only disable the button you clicked, then we'd be nixing 1, since users would be able to click one button and then the other.

Another solution is to disable the button you clicked with the "disable-with" text and then just disable any other buttons (without replacing the text). But this doesn't seem very straight forward from a least-surprise standpoint. Perhaps the best answer is to just not use disable-with if you need something less basic like this.

I've come upon this problem, too, just now. My first stab at a solution is this bit of CoffeeScript in my

  jQuery.rails.disableFormElements = (form) ->
    submittedBy ='ujs:submit-button')?.name
    form.find(jQuery.rails.disableSelector).each ->
      element = $(this)
      element.prop('disabled', true)
      if submittedBy && element.attr('name') == submittedBy
        method = if'button') then 'html' else 'val''ujs:enable-with', element[method]())

The code redefines disableFormElements from jquery_ujs and uses ujs:submit-button that is set there.

I have hit this edge case as well. I will try the coffeescript fix.
I tried the patch and it works. Thank you.

For me @mschuerig's override breaks the value being changed. I had to put


Outside of the if because submittedBy was null.

Ran in to the exact same problem as @allspiritseve.

It would be nice if the effect was isolated only to the clicked button.

I know this is an old issue, but I also agree. Having all the buttons suddenly saying "Saving..." looks silly.

We had multiple submit buttons with different values, so needed this (for jquery-rails 4.0.4):

jQuery.rails.disableFormElements = (form) ->
  submittedBy ='ujs:submit-button')

  form.find(jQuery.rails.disableSelector).each ->
    element = $(this)
    if submittedBy && element.attr('name') == && element.attr('value') == submittedBy.value
      # default jquery-rails behaviour
      # vanilla disable
      element.prop('disabled', true)

DavidVII commented Sep 26, 2016 edited

This is a bit of an old issue, but I'm running across this as well. @bethesque's solution above works well on none remote forms, but not as at all on forms that are remote: true. For some reason, on those forms,'ujs:submit-button') returns null.

The issue seems to be coming from here. Does anyone know why we're setting the value of ujs:submit-button to null on remote forms?

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