Javascript – Calling a jQuery function inside html return from an AJAX call


I am working on a web page that is using jQuery. I have an Ajax call that gets data from the server and updates a div. Inside that data there is a jQuery function, but the function is not being called after the data is loaded into the page. I have the proper js files included in the page already.

This is what is returned from the Ajax call and placed into a div:

<script type="text/javascript">
    $(function() {
<p> other html </p>

How do I get the returned javascript to run after the html is inserted into the page?

(I am using Rails with the jRails plugin )

Best Solution

If you want JavaScript tag evaluation, with html content, you should set the dataType option of the ajax call to "html":

  type: "GET",
  url: "yourPage.htm",
  dataType: "html"

Or dataType "script", if you want to load and execute a .js file:

  type: "GET",
  url: "test.js",
  dataType: "script"

more info here: Ajax/jQuery.ajax