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<div id="main">
    <div class="container-fluid">
        <div class="col-md-12">
            <form method="post" accept-charset="utf-8" id="searchRegulations" action="" onsubmit="getAjaxFilters(); return false;">
                <button id="loadFiltersBtn" class="btn btn-success">Load Filters</button>

<div id="ajaxContent">



                .active { background-color: #ff0; }
#main, #ajaxContent { margin: 16px; }



                // the delegation setup is a capturing phase listener on the root element
// the document node could also be used but prefer using a less busy node

    function(event) {

        // the target element (button) of the clcik event
        var element =;

        // skip processing elements that are not buttons or
        // buttons that do not have the specified className
        if (/^button$/i.test(element.nodeName) &&
            /(^|\s)square-btn(\s|$)/i.test(element.className)) {

            var $this = $(element);

            // Split name into array (e.g. "find_355" == ["find", "355"])
            var arr = $this.attr('name').split('_');

            // Toggle active class
            if ($this.siblings().hasClass("active")) {

            // Remove any existing instances of the filter from hidden form
            $('#tmpFilters input[value="exclude_'+arr[1]+'"]').remove();
            $('#tmpFilters input[value="find_'+arr[1]+'"]').remove();

            // If a filter has been applied then add it to hidden form
            if ($this.hasClass('active')) {
              $('#tmpFilters').append('<input type="hidden" name="tmpFilter[]" value="'+$this.attr('name')+'">');

            // log info to the console, added as debug aid for the example code
            console.log('Clicked +/- button', arr,
                ($this.hasClass('include') ? 'button include' : 'button exclude'),
                ($this.hasClass('active' ) ? 'is "active"' : 'is not "active"'));
    // true to select the event capturing phase, this is the fastest available event hook
    // events originates here first before drilling down to the target & bubbling back up
    }, true

function getAjaxFilters() {

    $('#ajaxContent').html('Reloading filters ...');
        url: $('#searchRegulations').attr('action'),
        // changed from 'post' to 'get'
        // only for the example code pen
        type: 'get',
        cache: false,
        data: $('#searchRegulations').serialize()
    }).done(function (response, status, xhr) {
        if (response) {
            $('main .content').hide();
            console.log('search_regulations filters reloaded');
            return false;