Spring MVC jQuery remote validation

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Published on 2010-03-17T15:09:31Z Indexed on 2010/03/17 15:11 UTC
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Hi, I am using Spring MVC on the server side, but in one of the pages I decided to create an AJAX validation with jQuery rather than the default Spring validation. Everything works great, except when I have to do a remote validation to check if a "title" already exists. For the javascript I have the following:

var validator = $("form").validate({
    rules: {
        title: {
            minlength: 6,
            required: true,
            remote: {
                url: location.href.substring(0,location.href.lastIndexOf('/'))+"/checkLocalArticleTitle.do",
                type: "GET"
            }
        },
        html: {
            minlength: 50,
            required: true
        }
    },
    messages: {
        title: {
            required: "A title is required.",
            remote: "This title already exists."
        }
    }

});

Then, I use Spring-Json to make this validation and give a response:

@RequestMapping("/checkLocalArticleTitle.do")
public ModelAndView checkLocalArticleTitle(HttpServletRequest request,
    HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException {
    Map model = new HashMap();
    String result = "FALSE";
    try{
        String title = request.getParameter("title");
        if(!EJBRequester.articleExists(title)){
            result = "TRUE";
        }
    }catch(Exception e){
        System.err.println("Exception: " + e.getMessage());
    }
    model.put("result",result);
    return new ModelAndView("jsonView", model);
}

However, this does not work and the field "title" is never validated. I think the reason for this is that I am returning an answer in the manner:

{result:"TRUE"}

when in fact, the answer should be:

{"TRUE"}

I don't know how to return a single response like this one using a ModelAndView answer.

Another thing that is not working is the customized message for the "remote" validation:

    messages: {
        title: {
            required: "A title is required.",
            remote: "This title already exists."
        }
    },

The required message works, but not the remote message. I looked around, but I didn't see many people using Spring and jQuery at the same time. I would appreciate some help here.

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