[development] Need some Drupal FAPI/AJAX advice

Josh Miller JoshM at haanmc.com
Fri Oct 30 14:39:20 UTC 2009

I'm trying to figure out how best to make the following happen, any
pointers/documentation/example modules would be awesome:


1) Click a button on the webpage

2) Jquery fires off a request for a unique form that is not a node or
menu or anything else

3) Somehow drupal understands the url that I use and fires the
appropriate function

4) mymodule_send_form() will invoke drupal_get_form() (maybe?)

5) Jquery recieves the rendered form, adds stuff to it via hidden inputs
like x & y, $_Get['q'], $user->id, etc.

6) user can fill it out

7) Jquery sends data back to be saved/verified

8) Jquery recieves a final themed output of content

9) Repeat as many times as user wants on the same page by clicking the
button mentioned in #1

What has me very confused is that I need to send and receive themed
output, but without the entire site. Simply need chunks of final output
to be sent back and forth. After a discussion on #drupal the other night
I determined that AHAH is not exactly designed to do entire forms.

If anyone is interested (I know from a tweet discussion that bangpound
is) I've got a working javascript framework for adding comments to
entire pages. I'm going to call this module "critique" and it's main use
will be turning it on and having clients add comments to pages (like you
would for PDFs or Word Documents). The problem is I can't decide how to
architect the backend as it will have to be very AJAX-y.

I think I know more about Drupal 7 (having spent the most time in D7
issue que), but I'd like a working version in Drupal 6 first.





Josh Miller

Web / Technology Director


Haan Marketing + Communications


123 N. 8th Street, Lafayette, IN  47902-0350


T. 765.423.5470

F. 765-742-2881


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