JQuery: 'Uncaught TypeError: Illegal invocation' at ajax request - several elements

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I have two select elements, A and B: when A's selected option changes, B's options must be updated accordingly. Each element in A implies many elements in B, it's a one-to-many relationship (A contains nations, B should contain cities located in the given nation).

The function do_ajax should run the asynchronous request:

function do_ajax(elem, mydata, filename)
{
    $.ajax({
        url: filename,
        context: elem,
        data: mydata,
        datatype: "html",
        success: function (data, textStatus, xhr) {
            elem.innerHTML = data;
        }
    });
}

In order to update B's options I've added a function call in A's onChange event. Here is the function that runs when onChange event (of A) is triggered:

function my_onchange(e) // "e" is element "A"
{
    var sel_B = ... ; // get select element "B"

    // I skipped some code here
    // ...

    var data = {
        'mode': 'filter_city',
        'id_A': e[e.selectedIndex]
    };
    do_ajax(city_sel, data, 'ajax_handler.php');
}

}

I've read in JQuery docs that data can be an array (key value pairs). I get the error if I put:

var data = {
        'mode': 'filter_city',
        'id_A': e[e.selectedIndex]
};

Instead, I don't get that error if my data is a string:

var data = 'mode=filter_city&id_A=' + e[e.selectedIndex];

But I need the "array version" of the variable, in my server-side php code.

The Uncaught TypeError: Illegal invocation is located in the "jquery-1.7.2.min.js" file, which is all compressed, so I couldn't figure out what part of code raised the error.

Is there any setting I can change in my code so that it accepts data as an associative array?

This question is tagged with html ajax jquery

~ Asked on 2012-06-17 11:53:56

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158

Thanks to the talk with Sarfraz we could figure out the solution.

The problem was that I was passing an HTML element instead of its value, which is actually what I wanted to do (in fact in my php code I need that value as a foreign key for querying my cities table and filter correct entries).

So, instead of:

var data = {
        'mode': 'filter_city',
        'id_A': e[e.selectedIndex]
};

it should be:

var data = {
        'mode': 'filter_city',
        'id_A': e[e.selectedIndex].value
};

Note: check Jason Kulatunga's answer, it quotes JQuery doc to explain why passing an HTML element was causing troubles.

~ Answered on 2012-06-17 12:41:00


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From the jQuery docs for processData:

processData Boolean
Default: true
By default, data passed in to the data option as an object (technically, anything other than a string) will be processed and transformed into a query string, fitting to the default content-type "application/x-www-form-urlencoded". If you want to send a DOMDocument, or other non-processed data, set this option to false.

Source: http://api.jquery.com/jquery.ajax

Looks like you are going to have to use processData to send your data to the server, or modify your php script to support querystring encoded parameters.

~ Answered on 2012-06-17 12:28:33


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