Help with Validation

Hi All,

What originally seemed like a simple form has turned into my worst nightmare because I had no clue about PHP and minimal javascript knowledge.
I have created an HTML form with some Javascript and PHP. I am finally able to get the code to work by sending email behind the scenes to appropriate branches. I ended up using PHPMailer.

  • At this time I won’t be pulling data from a database, the fields will be filled in by user.
  • This will be an internal form, launched from Sharepoint through a different server.
  • I don’t need to validate email addresses because I have them built in behind the scenes in my php code.
  • Now I have to figure out the best way to validate so that when a user fills out the form there are no empty fields. I have tried several different ways to validate but my success rate is not good.

1.) Does PHP validation go at the beginning of HTML code?
2.) If so, how does one close it off? In other words does the closing ?>//closing PHP
go at the bottom of HTML code just above </html>?
3.) I do have a good working send.php that sends out an email with appropriate fields and content once form is submitted. I don’t think validation should go within this code. Right?

I need to validate the following required fields:

  • Text fields (stock #, serial #, description, Requested by, Customer Information
  • Requested Date Field (jScript Datepicker)
  • 2 drop down fields
  • Attached is my HTML code, like I said I have tried so many things. If I attempt to submit the form with blank fields I don’t receive any errors. I end up receiving blank emails -

Stock Number:
Serial Number:
Requested By:
Requested Date: Click to Select Date
Customer Info:
Requesting Branch:
Shipping Branch:

I hope someone can help me out.
Thanks in Advance…

<!doctype html>
<meta charset="UTF-8">
<title>Transfer Form</title>
<link href="css/goods.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">

<script src=""></script>
<script src=""></script>

<script type="text/javascript">
$(document).ready(function() {
    $('a').click(function() {
        $('#myTable tbody').append('<tr class="child"><td><input type="text" name="stockNumber" class="stocktext"  id="stockNumber" /></td><td><input type="text" name="serialNumber" class="serialtext" id="serialNumber" /></td><td><input type="text" name="description" class="descripttext" id="description"/></td></tr>');


  $(function() {
    $( "#datepicker" ).datepicker();


<form name= "transfer" method="POST" action="send.php">

<legend class="legend"> Transfer Form</legend>

<p class="currentdate">Current Date:
<script type="text/javascript">
var currentTime = new Date()
var month = currentTime.getMonth() + 1
var day = currentTime.getDate()
var year = currentTime.getFullYear()
document.write(month + "/" + day + "/" + year)

<table class="table">
      <td><span class="requiredtable">*</span> <span class="fieldtext">Stock Number</span></td>
      <td><span class="requiredtable">*</span> <span class="fieldtext">Serial Number</span></td>
      <td class="descripttd"><span class="descriptiontxt"> Description</span></td>

  <table id="myTable">
      <TD> <input name="stockNumber" type="text" class="stocktext"  id="stockNumber" placeholder="Enter Stock Number" tabindex="1"  /></TD>

      <TD> <input type="text" name="serialNumber" class="serialtext" id="serialNumber" placeholder="Enter Serial Number" tabindex="2" /> </TD>

      <TD> <input type="text" name="description" class="descripttext" id="description" placeholder="Enter Description" tabindex="3" /> </TD>

 <p><span class="required">*
    </span><span class="fieldtext">Requested by:
    <input type="text" name="Requested_by" required id="Requested_by" size="50" maxlength="500" tabindex="4">

      <span class="requestdate"><span class="required">*</span> Requested Date:
<input type="text" name="requestedDate" required id="datepicker" value="Click to Select Date" tabindex="5"></span>

  <p><span class="required">*</span>
  <span class="fieldtext">Customer Info:</span>
        <input type="text" name="Cust Info" required id="Cust_Info" size="50" maxlength="500" tabindex="6">

 <label for="RequestingBranch">
     <span class="required">*</span>
     <span class="fieldtext"> Requesting Branch:</span>

<select class="select" name="R_branch" id="R_branch">
<option value="">Select One:
<option value="R_boston">Boston
<option value="R_Buffalo">Buffalo
<option value="R_Cinncinatti">Cinncinatti
<option value="R_columbia">Columbia
<option value="R_Dallas">Dallas
<option value="R_Fairfax">Fairfax
<option value="R_Kansas City">Kansas City
<option value="R_Los Angeles">Los Angeles
<option value="R_Orlando">Orlando
<option value="R_Raleigh">Raleigh
<option value="R_Toledo">Toledo
<option value="R_Topeka">Topeka

    <label for="ShippingBranch">
     <span class="required">*</span>
     <span class="fieldtext"> Shipping Branch:</span>

   <select class="select" name="S_branch" id="S_branch">
<option value="">Select One:
<option value="S_boston">Boston
<option value="S_Buffalo">Buffalo
<option value="S_Cinncinatti">Cinncinatti
<option value="S_columbia">Columbia
<option value="S_Dallas">Dallas
<option value="S_Fairfax">Fairfax
<option value="S_Kansas City">Kansas City
<option value="S_Los Angeles">Los Angeles
<option value="S_Orlando">Orlando
<option value="S_Raleigh">Raleigh
<option value="S_Toledo">Toledo
<option value="S_Topeka">Topeka
    <br> <br>
 <input name="submit" class="button" value="Submit Form" type="submit">

    <input name="resetbutton" type="reset" id="resetbutton" value="Clear"></p>



This is why I don’t use a 3rd party mail php. Unless you are really good with the php it is nearly impossible to make sense of the 10 page php validation. I use my own 1 page validation which I can easily edit to suit each project. If you would like to use it just let me know.

Hi there,

I would love to see your 1 page Validation code. From everything I have read, I don’t believe I can have 2 php form actions within my HTML code. With that being said I have some questions -

  • does the validation code go at the beginning of my HTML code?
  • If so, does it close out before the beginning of HTML <!doctype html>?
  • or at the end just before the closing </html> tag?

I have done some research and seen it done several ways which I have unsuccessfully attempted. Once I complete the form validation the HTML form itself will reside on Sharepoint 2010 with the send.php being called through the XAMPP server we have setup. I also saw that Sharepoint 2010 & PHP do not work well together so renaming my transfer.html to transfer.php doesn’t appear to be an option for me. Correct me if I have misunderstood this observation.

Since send.php has all of my form actions within it, I didn’t think that it could also contain validation. Or am I wrong?

Your questions pertain to a one page contact form. I do it with multiple pages. Here is how I go about it. You ask about multiple actions. Probably not. Is that because you want to send to multiple emails? There are ways to do that. Just never googled it myself.

Actually I am sending multiple emails - which I am doing through my send.php. An email with the form goes to R_branch, S_branch and the CC will go to a DL of the same 4 individuals every time.

I was just taking a look at your code. Would I use the validation.php and add the php code to the top of my html (calling it a .html file)? I’m confused because all of your code has a .php extension and as I mentioned Sharepoint 2010 doesn’t like php.


My code uses multiple pages. As is it would not work putting it in the same page as the contact form. You can use .htaccess to parse html as php. Other wise no, the code would not work.