using a link to submit a form

I have a list of items. each item will have a checkbox next to it. I
have a series of commands (in a sidebar div) that should perform an
operation on the selected items in the list.

I know how to encapsulate that list with a form and then perform the
operations on the checked items, but my question is, how do you (and
can you) gather up the checked items on the click of the link and
submit them to a controller for processing?

Sounds like a great solution. I will try it, thanks!

that is a great tip, Stijn! A shame I didn’t see your message yesterday, I really could’ve used it! Was trying to submit a form using link_to_remote and :with => Form.serialize(…) but I kept running into difficulty… This works perfectly, thanks!