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    Javascript validation of selector with multiple select enabled?

    I have a select box in a form which enables multiple item selection. I would like to use javascript to check that at least one item has been selected before the form is sent off.

    I have my validation script working for normal text fields, just this one is a problem.

    To add to the difficulty, i will be processing the results in PHP, which requires funny naming of multiple selection fields by having '[]' after the items name, e.g. members[]

    PHP Code:
    <form name="tester" method="post" action="test_scrap.php"  onSubmit="return validate(this)">
      <
    select name="members[]" size="4" multiple style="width:150px">
        <
    option value="4">Gregor</option>
        <
    option value="3">James</option>
        <
    option value="1">Tom</option>
      </
    select>
      <
    input type="submit" name="submit" value="Send it">
    </
    form
    And my validation script looks like (only relavent bits shown):

    PHP Code:
    function validate(formObj) {

        var 
    errors = new Array;
        var 
    ERROR_PREFIX "Form incomplete!\n\n";
        
        if (
    formObj.members[].length 1)    
            
    errors.push("You must pick the task members.");
        
        if (!
    formObj.name.value)    
            
    errors.push("You must enter the task name.");
        
        if (
    errors.length 0) {
            
    alert(ERROR_PREFIX errors.join("\n"));
            return 
    false;
        } else {
            return 
    true;
        }

    For normal input fields it's working fine, but for the multiple selection box it doesn't work I realise that having the selection box called 'members[]' is a problem when checking it with javascript, but it's neccessary to have the '[]' for PHP to interpret it as an array.

    Any ideas?

    TIA
    Last edited by subBlue; Jan 25, 2002 at 08:32.
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