Validating a text field

I am trying to include validation that will give an error message if a userid field is left blank...does anyone know why this code is not working?????



<font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2"><b><i>Returning users enter the user id that you were given upon leaving the test then click the button below</i></b></font>
                                                      
                                                      <form name="mbti" action="http://nextpage.com/bl/blevel.signinverify" method="post" target="other">
                                                      <input type= "hidden" name="login" value="AAAAAAA">
                                                      <input type="hidden" name="password" value="BBBBBBB">
                                                    <input type="text" name="userid" ><br>
                                                      <input type="hidden" name="userid_required" value="You must enter a userid in order to log on as a returning user." >
                                          
                                                      <input type="submit" value="re-enter" >
                                                      
                                                      
                                                      </form>
the_kidAsked:
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Nathan Stanford SrConnect With a Mentor Senior ProgrammerCommented:
This is the way I would do Form Validation.  This is better so that the user never leaves the page with out the form being filled out correctly.  Well at least they will have something in the form.

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<script language="JavaScript">
    <!-- hide contents from old browsers
    function checkform(form)
    {
     var errorstring;
     errorstring = "";
//    
     if (form.userid.value.length == 0)  { errorstring = errorstring + "User ID can not be blank.\n"; }
     if (form.password.value.length == 0)  { errorstring = errorstring + "Password can not be blank.\n"; }
     if (errorstring.length == 0)
       {
        //form.submit();
        return true;
       }
     else
     {
      errorstring = "Data must be entered in the following fields:\n\n" + errorstring;
      alert(errorstring);
      errorstring="";
        return false;
     }
    }
    //-->
   </script>




<form name="mbti" action="http://nextpage.com/bl/blevel.signinverify" method="post" onsubmit="return checkform(this)" target="other">
<table align="center" border="1" bordercolor="006699" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="450">
<tr>
      <td>
<table border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" width="100%">
<tr>
      <td align="left" bgcolor="dddddd" colspan="2">Login</td>
</tr>
<tr>
      <td>UserID:
</td>
      <td><input type="text" name="userid" ></td>
</tr>
<tr>
      <td>Password:</td>
      <td><input type="text" name="password" value=""></td>
</tr>
<tr>
      <td align="center" colspan="2"><input type="submit" value=" OK " > </td>
</tr>



</table>
</td>
</tr>
</table>


</form>

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paulkdCommented:
How about awarding some points or adding comments to previous questions before adding more (10 point) questions?
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Nathan Stanford SrSenior ProgrammerCommented:
If you want help with ColdFusion go to

www.nsnd.com

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the_kidAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your answer. What I was looking for was more along the lines of what I have below though.


<cfform name="mbti" action="http://www.nextpage.com/blevel.signinverify" method="post" target="other">
                                                      <input type= "hidden" name="login" value="AAAAAAA">
                                                      <input type="hidden" name="password" value="BBBBBBB">
                                                    <cfinput type="text" name="userid" required="yes" message="You must enter a userid in order to log on as a returning user." ><br>
                                                      <input type="submit" value="re-enter" >
                                                      
                                                      
                                                      </cfform>
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Nathan Stanford SrSenior ProgrammerCommented:
Why are you passing these fields hidden???

Just wondered why?

By the way so that you can get better answers and have more points for questions...

1. You either pay for more points.. Ouch.

2. Wait and ask questions when you have more points...

Did you check out my website?  It has coldfusion help and it is growing.
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