RJS -- What am I missing?

This is driving me nuts:-)

I’ve brought it down to a simplified case where I’m rendering this rjs
template:

page.insert_html :top, ‘cat1’, “

  • Some list item
  • According to FireBug, this is what I’m actually getting in the browser:

    try {
    new Insertion.Top(“cat1”, “

  • Some list item
  • ”);
    } catch (e) { alert(‘RJS error:\n\n’ + e.toString()); alert(‘new
    Insertion.Top(“cat1”, “
  • Some list item
  • ”);’); throw e }

    This all looks right to me, though I’m no Javascript expert. The headers
    have
    Content-Type: text/javascript.

    But what is actually being displayed instead of a new list item is
    something like:

    try { new Insertion.Top(“cat1”, "
    o Some list item
    "); } catch (e) { alert(‘RJS error:\n\n’ + e.toString()); alert(‘new
    Insertion.Top(“cat1”, "
    o Some list item
    ");’); throw e }

    (…where the o’s represent the little list-item dots – the two
    instances of “Some list item” are actually being displayed as list
    items).

    Can anybody throw a clue to a clueless man?

    Thanks in advance!

    –Al Evans

    If you are using :update => ‘someid’ in your link_to_remote this will
    happen.
    See if that’s the cause.

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    I recently ran into this, though it’s an easy fix. Whatever the remote
    call is (link_to_remote, form_remote_tag, etc) have a first parameter of
    which DOM element to update. The RJS returns the javascript string, so
    the Ajax call promplty updates that element with the new text. However,
    RJS want’s to update elements itself.

    So just give the remote link a blank string where it asks for an element
    to update, e.g.: link_to_remote ‘’, url_stuff

    Jason

    Al Evans wrote:

    This is driving me nuts:-)

    I’ve brought it down to a simplified case where I’m rendering this rjs
    template:

    page.insert_html :top, ‘cat1’, “

  • Some list item
  • But what is actually being displayed instead of a new list item is
    something like:

    try { new Insertion.Top(“cat1”, "
    o Some list item
    "); } catch (e) { alert(‘RJS error:\n\n’ + e.toString()); alert(‘new
    Insertion.Top(“cat1”, "
    o Some list item
    ");’); throw e }

    –Al Evans

    Remove the :update portion of your link_to_remote tag. :update says
    “shove whatever the result is into the element with id=‘foo’”. You just
    want the javascript to execute, so take out the :update and let it do
    its thang.

    Al Evans wrote:

    new Insertion.Top(“cat1”, “

  • Some list item
  • ”);
    try { new Insertion.Top(“cat1”, "
    Can anybody throw a clue to a clueless man?

    Thanks in advance!

    –Al Evans

    What does your controller look like for the involved actions? Are you
    doing a remote call (what you should be doing) or are you just doing a
    normal action call? It sounds like your rjs is correct but your
    controller is not rendering what you want.

    Matthew M.
    blog.mattmargolis.net

    Alex W. wrote:

    Remove the :update portion of your link_to_remote tag. :update says
    “shove whatever the result is into the element with id=‘foo’”. You just
    want the javascript to execute, so take out the :update and let it do
    its thang.

    Thanks! That was the problem. I knew it had to be something simple.

    Stupid newbie tricks… :slight_smile:

    –Al Evans

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