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How do you use RequiredFieldValidator with a MaskedEditExtender.

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I have a text box for a phone number with a MaskedEditExtender. However I'm also trying to add a RequiredFieldValidator. However the validator counts an empty mask as the textbox being populated.

Is there a way to get the validator to ignore the mask?

Code below.  


               
<asp:TextBox ID="txtPhone" runat="server" Text='<%# Bind("Phone") %>' Width="100px"/>
                    <cc1:MaskedEditExtender ID="MaskedEditExtender4" runat="server" TargetControlID="txtPhone" ClearMaskOnLostFocus="false"   Mask="(999)999-9999"  >
                    </cc1:MaskedEditExtender>
                     <asp:RequiredFieldValidator ID="RequiredFieldValidator4" runat="server" ErrorMessage="Required Field" ControlToValidate="txtPhone"></asp:RequiredFieldValidator>

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Question by:Darebear
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You can use the customvalidator instead. Although it performs server side validation, that can be compensated by using AJAX or you could use client side javascript.
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by:Darebear
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Here's a final solution that works for those searching..  Phone Number with a mask that allows you to confirm a number entered even when the mask is preserved on lost focus.

Enjoy


<asp:TextBox ID="txtPhone" runat="server" Text='<%# Bind("Phone") %>' />
                             <cc1:MaskedEditExtender ID="MaskedEditExtender4" runat="server"  ClearMaskOnLostFocus="false" Mask="(999)999-9999" TargetControlID="txtPhone">
                                                    </cc1:MaskedEditExtender>
                                                   <asp:RegularExpressionValidator ID="RegularExpressionValidator1" runat="server"  ControlToValidate="txtPhone"
                            ErrorMessage="Please enter a contact phone number" 
                            ValidationExpression="((\(\d{3}\) ?)|(\d{3}-))?\d{3}-\d{4}"></asp:RegularExpressionValidator>

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by:TrafficTechDev
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yes, but what if I want to allow empty phone number and only validate it if the user typed 4 characters out the 10?
this validator always get fire, she I don't want to.
I want it to get fire only if the input is not valid.
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