Jquery validation onclick


I have an issue with the jquery validate plugin that doesn't make sense to me. Please can anyone see where my mistake is?

Here is my HTML:

<form id="form">
   <input type="text" name="name" class="required" />
   <input type="text" name="email" class="required email" />
<a id="link">Save</a>

Here is my JS

<script src="jquery 1.7.1"></script>
<script src="jquery.validate.1.9"></script>
        if ($('#form').valid()) // check if form is valid
            // do some stuff
            // just show validation errors, dont post


The form never gets validated or at least the .valid() function always returns true but I can't see why? I used the validate plugin for years but not in this context.

Best Solution

If you have a link and need to validate a form. Also this function goes to next tab in UI Tabs validating each tab with a form in each tab.

$('.next-tab').click(function() { 
    //if form is valid
    if ($("#frmSignup").valid()) {
        //activate next tab
        $('#signuptabs').tabs('enable', $(this).attr("rel"));
        //switch to next tab
        $tabs.tabs('select', $(this).attr("rel"));
        return false;