Required fields in form

Posted on 2008-10-03
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
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How do you make particular fields give a required message in a form?
Question by:squirtle98
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ID: 22635764
on Submit, have the form go to a validation function...and make sure they meet your requirements...
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ID: 22635774
simple's simple no matter how many controls you have...
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ID: 22635818
also if you want message to appear, show hidden divs...
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you can use client side validation to do that Javascript, or sever side  i do not know what language are you using
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erik...look under his question and at Tags...
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erikTsomik earned 500 total points
ID: 22636727
try this .
<script language="JavaScript">
function formCheck(formobj){
	// Enter name of mandatory fields
	var fieldRequired = Array("FirstName", "LastName");
	// Enter field description to appear in the dialog box
	var fieldDescription = Array("First Name", "Last Name");
	// dialog message
	var alertMsg = "Please complete the following fields:\n";
	var l_Msg = alertMsg.length;
	for (var i = 0; i < fieldRequired.length; i++){
		var obj = formobj.elements[fieldRequired[i]];
		if (obj){
			case "select-one":
				if (obj.selectedIndex == -1 || obj.options[obj.selectedIndex].text == ""){
					alertMsg += " - " + fieldDescription[i] + "\n";
			case "select-multiple":
				if (obj.selectedIndex == -1){
					alertMsg += " - " + fieldDescription[i] + "\n";
			case "text":
			case "textarea":
				if (obj.value == "" || obj.value == null){
					alertMsg += " - " + fieldDescription[i] + "\n";
			if (obj.type == undefined){
				var blnchecked = false;
				for (var j = 0; j < obj.length; j++){
					if (obj[j].checked){
						blnchecked = true;
				if (!blnchecked){
					alertMsg += " - " + fieldDescription[i] + "\n";
	if (alertMsg.length == l_Msg){
		return true;
		return false;
// -->
<!--SAMPLE FORM -------------------------------->
<form name="formcheck" onsubmit="return formCheck(this);">
First Name: <input type=text name="FirstName" size="25"><br>
Last Name: <input type=text name="LastName" size="25"><br>
<input type=submit value="Submit Form">

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