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    How do I ensure that users enter no less than a certain number of characters into a text box

    Asked by onetouch05 on November 03, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    hi,

    1.i having issue to make sure user key in the id no. not less and not more than 12digit.

    this my form http://www.jotform.com/form/13051744751

    see under NRIC no.

     

    2. my user using ie6 and the block image come out, see the image

    Page URL:
    http://form.jotform.com/13051744751

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    string length characters minimum limit
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    JotForm Support

    Answered by mliz on November 04, 2011 at 03:02 AM

    1. Unfortunately as of the moment there is no option to set minimum field entry, there is already an existing feature request for this option. As a workaround  though you can download and use the form's source code to embed and then add the line min="12" in the number field's codes:

    <input type="text" class="form-textbox validate[required, Numeric]" id="input_5" name="q5_nricNo" size="20"  min="12" maxlength="12" />

    To get full form source code, open your form on the Form Builder:
    1. Open "Setup & Embed" tab on toolbar,
    2. Click on "Embed Form"
    3. Click on "Source"
    4. Copy the full source code displayed

    To set the limit on the field entry just open the form click on the field choose the Properties tab and in the toolbar you should see the icon "Max Size".

    2. The block image displayed on IE6 is supposed to be part of the error message for the empty required fields. I've tested it on my end and was able to replicate the said issue. For this reason I have forwarded this to our developers for further checking.

    Cheers!

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    Answered by abajan on November 04, 2011 at 05:31 PM

    After cloning the form and seeing that the "Max Size" of the "NRIC No." input was set to "12", I knew that you had already had one part of the problem solved. However, ensuring that the user entered all twelve (12) digits was the tricky part. Unfortunately, there's currently no test for a string's length in our Conditions tool because that would have simplified things.

    However, I was able to come up with a workaround. Enter less than 12 digits in the "NRIC No." box in this clone of the form and note what happens. If you're okay with this solution, here's how to apply the same functionality to your form:

    1. Copy the form's source (as per my colleague's instructions above) and embed it into a web page of your own

    2. In the form's source, edit the same input to which mliz referred, like this

    3. Place this JavaScript just before the closing "body" tag of the page within which the form is embedded and save your changes

    (If you view the source of the page within which the clone of your form is embedded, you'll see the same bits of code.)

    Incidentally, are you aware that the hint example in the "NRIC No." box contains 13 digits instead of 12?

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    Answered by rpy on November 16, 2011 at 05:53 AM

    Is there any expected delivery date for making min part of the interface? Even if just in the properties box and not the top bar? It seems a simple and useful peice of functionality.

    Are there any plans to add a regex property for fields?

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by Mike_T on November 16, 2011 at 04:40 PM

    I am sorry to inform you, but we cannot provide any ETA for when the minimum input field feature will be implemented. However, please note that our developers are working hard on improving the services, but there are a lot of things to do.

    We do not have plans on implementation of regular expression field validation feature, but you can create a separate feature request thread about that. Then, we will be able to add it in our nice to do list.

    Thank you for your patience and cooperation with us.

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    Answered by gymandfit on April 30, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Any luck on this feature?

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by ashwin_d on April 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Hello gymandfit,

    Have you checked our "Input Mask" feature available in text boxes. I believe that should work for you. Input mask works with following syntax "@ symbol to mask letters inputs, # for numbers and * for both." If you set it "#" 12 times in input max, it will expect user to input 12 digit number in any textbox.

    Hope this helps.

    Do get back to us if you have any questions.

    Thank you!

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    Answered by torabayashi on March 28, 2015 at 06:31 AM

    I'd like to chime in here and mention that having a minimum character count would be useful for me. I need to ensure my contractors submit at least a certain amount of work (as in, I ask them to write 500 words, so I would set the character minimum to 300 characters or so. This feature is available on the Google forms). I suspect the input mask feature will not be an adequate substitute for this.

    Is there a place where we could possibly vote on requested features? Thank you.

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by Jan on March 28, 2015 at 06:52 AM

    Hi torabayashi,

    I created a new thread for your inquiry, so that we can assist you properly.

    This is the URL of the new thread: http://www.jotform.com/answers/542420

    Thank you for understanding.