The easiest and best solution is to redirect to a new page after the submit.
But I have had cases where it was necessary to have the submit code and the
form on the same page.
I agree totally with jonathan that a server-side solution is the way to go.
To solve the problem (avoid clicking twice and/or reloading the page) I used
a hidden field that generated a unique ID based, and then placed that into a
field that only accepts unique values. If the user reloads, the query
fails - trap that error and you're golden.
"Jonathan Hilgeman" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote in message
> Hi Jennifer,
> I'm guessing the purpose of this would be to keep people from
> double-clicking and submitted information twice, possibly making an
> application deduct payment twice or something important similar in nature.
> The best way I've found of accomplishing the goal of keeping people from
> clicking twice has three parts:
> 1) Quickly switching the page. On the next page, have PHP write out about
> 300 spaces and a newline, then call the flush() function to make the
> get sent to the browser. In many cases, this will cause the browser to
> quickly switch to the next page and display a blank page while the data
> 2) It's still remotely possibly to click twice even if you have part 1 in
> place, so this is a more fool-proof method. Store your data in a database
> before processing it - along with a timestamp. When the person clicks the
> submit button twice, the program checks the database to see if there is
> same information with a very close timestamp. If so, update the timestamp
> the database. At this point you can choose 3 paths:
> - Store the data so you can batch-process the data at a later time, once
> are sure that the visitor has left and there will be no more clicks. For
> example, have a program that runs every 5 minutes (via cron), then have
> program check for data/orders that are at least 5 minutes old, and process
> them. That means that the timestamp hasn't been updated by extra clicks in
> minutes (and you could still have notified the visitor that their order or
> data request is now in line to be processed).
> - Process the data immediately. If you need to process an order
> and give back results, use the above method, but modify it a bit. Instead
> just displaying notification that their order is in line to be processed,
> you can submit to another PHP program which sleeps for about 3-4 seconds,
> then checks the database until there are no clicks for at least 4 seconds,
> and THEN processes the data, and returns a value to the screen in like 4-5
> seconds. Both of these methods have similar goals, though - Receive data
> timestamp it, Wait $Time, Check for timestamp updates, Process when
> timestamp is $Time old.
> 3) Have a very visible notice that people should not click multiple times,
> or else undesirable results may occur, and we want "your" request/order to
> be perfect. Emphasize the request to click only once and to be patient,
> if something goes wrong, here's how to contact us.
> - Jonathan
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jennifer Downey [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: Saturday, March 02, 2002 10:18 PM
> To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Subject: [PHP-DB] Tutorial?
> Hi all,
> Can anyone point me to a good tutorial on how to disable a submit button
> once clicked?
> preferably in php.
> Jennifer Downey
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