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    If a Full Name Field Is Set to 'Required' and Any of Its Optional Sections (Prefix, Middle Name or Suffix) Is Left Blank, Form Submission Is Allowed

    Asked by NeverForgottenHonorFlight on September 26, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    I have the full name field with middle name enabled and the field is required. I still get blank middle names or just an initial.

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by abajan on September 26, 2015 at 04:26 PM

    Currently, there's no setting for full name fields to require all or any of their optional sub-fields (Prefix, Middle Name and Suffix) to be filled. My tests have revealed that entering just one (1) character as the first and last name is sufficient for the field to be considered as filled. As such, I will submit a ticket later today requesting the ability to make each sub-field (Prefix, First Name, Middle Name, Last Name and Suffix, depending on which are visible) required, independent of the other sub-fields. A separate ticket will be issued requesting that there be a way to control the minimum number of allowed characters for each sub-field independent of the other sub-fields, whether the field (or any number of its sub-fields) is set as required or not.

    Having stated the foregoing, there is a workaround which can be used: Instead of using a full name field, use a separate text area field for each part of the name. The workaround was applied to this demo. Now, you'll notice that those text areas bear little resemblance to the usual multi-line ones. Here's what I did:

    1. Reduced the number visible rows in each to 1


    2. Shrank each of them. (Please see this guide)

    3. Hid their labels via injected CSS

    4. Changed their widths via the Columns button

    and injected CSS to achieve the same widths across browsers

    5. Added a Text "field" for the Full Name * label:


    6.
    Shrank it, so that it would fit on the same line as the altered text area fields and injected rules to reduce the width of its right padding

    7. Set the minimum number of characters which could be entered in each text area to 2:


    (This option isn't available for text boxes. That's why text areas had to be used.)

    8. Injected a rule to hide the entry limit counter under each text area


    That's basically what was done but feel free to clone the demo and examine it. You'll be notified here if and when the aforementioned enhancements to the "Required Field" setting have been implemented for full name fields. In the meantime, if you would like clarification on any of the above, please inform us.


    Thanks

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    Answered by aytekin on September 28, 2015 at 04:46 AM

    This is intentional. Not everyone has a prefix, middle name or suffix. That's why only first name and last name is required. We are not going to make a change on this. The ticket is cancelled.