check search item for symbols

hi guys need ur help....

i currently using asp for my system and i am also using javascript in validating one of the search function....

well, when the user type in other unnesscary symbols like @##$% or watever..
the system will juz replied "no record Found"

however when the user put in ' this symbol..the system will generate an error..
this could be due to the fact that i am using asp for sql query for the search thingy...

i tried using the codes below...but it will alert the error msg when the user click the mouse on other area..however if the system type enter instead...the error will come out again...
how can i solve this thing?

function checkSearch()
{
var string=document.SearchForm.Search.value
if (string.indexOf("'")==1 )
      {
      alert("Please do not use invalid symbols!")
      document.SearchForm.Search.focus()
      }
}

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superslamwichCommented:
I would suggeset changing it to:

function checkSearch()
{
var string=document.SearchForm.Search.value
if(string.indexOf("'")==1)
    {
    alert("Please do not use invalid symbols!")
    document.SearchForm.Search.focus()
    }
}


the .indexOf() property either says -1 if there is no value, or a number (0-n) of where the value is in the string.

if(string.indexOf("'")==1)  will only go if the ' mark is the second letter in the string.

{Slam}
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superslamwichCommented:
whoops, lol, forgot to change it.  Make it:
if(string.indexOf("'")>-1)
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knightoAuthor Commented:
thanx for edit...
but however that's not reali wat i wanted

"
i tried using the codes below...but it will alert the error msg when the user click the mouse on other area..however if the system type enter instead...the error will come out again...
how can i solve this thing?
"
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XxavierCommented:
<script>
function checkSearch(string)
{

if  (/[@$&%\.]/.test(string))
     {
     alert("Please do not use invalid symbols!")
   
     }
}
checkSearch('asdnfh#.ds$%sdghsgfd')
</script>

Use this regex, put the list to be tested for between the [ ]. Some of the chars mist be escaped out , ie
.\/*?()+,^| =!{}[]   must be ie as \. \\ \/ \* \?  etc

if you just want alpha numeric and a few special chars there is a slicker way of doing it, but this is a general technuique.

Xx
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ZontarCommented:
Use a regular expression to match any non-letters, non-digits, etc.

function checkSearch(input)
{
  var value = true;
  var notValidChars = /[^a-z0-9 ]/i;

  if( notValidChars.test(input.value) )
  {
    alert("Please do not use invalid symbols!");
    input.focus();
    value = false;
  }

  return value;
}

If you don't want to allow digits, remove the 0-9 in notValidChars. If you don't want to allow spaces, remove the space from notValidChars.

> but it will alert the error msg when the user click the mouse on other area..however if the system type enter instead...the error will come out again...

How are you calling the function? Something like

<form onsubmit="return checkSearch(this.Search);">

should do the trick.
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CleavisCommented:
I can't get this to work. what went wrong?

<SCRIPT>
function checkSearch(input)
{
var value = true;
var notValidChars = /[^a-z0-9]/i;

if( notValidChars.test(input.value) )
{
alert("Please do not use invalid symbols!");
input.focus();
value = false;
}
return value;
}
</SCRIPT>

<body>
<form method="post" action="/cgi-bin/check.cgi" onsubmit="return checkSearch(this.Search)">
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><input type="text" name="T1" size="20"></p>
<p><input type="submit" value="Submit" name="B1">
<input type="reset" value="Reset" name="B2"></p>
</form>
</body>
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