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Dynamic Javascript Validation Message Panel

, 26 Jun 2008
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This article describes creation of dynamic Javascript Message Panel that used to display validation failed error messages.

Introduction

During development we come across lots of client side validations and we normally use .Net validator controls.These controls give us the feature to display the client-side validation messages in 'Summary' like panel. In some places we need clean javascript validation that has to be used to serve our purpose.In such cases we want to display these messages not as alert message but to be displayed as inline form messages.

Background

Below is the javascript code that creates dynamic message panel.

function HideServerValidationPanel(panelID)
    {    
        if (document.getElementById(panelID) != null)
        {
            document.getElementById(panelID).style.display = "none";
        }        
    }
    function DisplayErrors(errorMessages)
    {        
        if (errorMessages != null && errorMessages.length > 0)
        {
             LoadValidationErrorPanel(errorMessages); 
             
             return false; 
        }
        else
        {
            return true;
        }
       
    }
    function LoadValidationErrorPanel(arrMessage)
    {
        
        var myMain =  document.getElementById ("MainErrorTag");
        if (myMain.firstChild != null)
        {
            myMain.removeChild(myMain.firstChild);
        }        
        var myDiv = document.createElement("div");
        var myUL = document.createElement("ul");
        var myPara =  document.createElement("p");
        var myImg = document.createElement("img");
        var myDesc = document.createElement("strong");
        
        myDiv.className = "ofWrapper";
        //myImg.className = "xxx";
        //myDesc.className ="yyy"

        myImg.setAttribute ("src","Cross.JPG");        
        myDesc.innerText = "Please correct the following details before proceeding ..." ;
       
        myPara.appendChild(myImg);
        
        myPara.appendChild(myDesc);
        myDiv.appendChild(myPara);
        var myLi;
        for(var j= 0; j < arrMessage.length;j++)
        {
            myLi = document.createElement("li");
            myLi.innerText = arrMessage[j];
           // myLi.className = "abc";
            myUL.appendChild(myLi);
        }
        myDiv.appendChild(myUL);
        myMain.appendChild(myDiv);
    }
    function SetFocus(ControlField, isFocusSet)
    {
        if (isFocusSet == false)
        {
            controlField.focus();
            return true;
        }
        else
            return false;
    }
    
    function ValidateMyScreen()
    {
        var Errors = new Array();
        var ErrorCounter = 0;
      
        if (document.getElementById('<%=TextBox1.ClientID%>').value == '')
        {
            Errors[ErrorCounter++] = "Data1 is required.";   
        }
          
        if (document.getElementById('<%=TextBox2.ClientID%>').value== '')
        {
            Errors[ErrorCounter++] = "Data2 is required.";   
        }    
              
    HideServerValidationPanel('<%=pnlMessage.ClientID%>');
    return DisplayErrors(Errors);
    }

Here is the html code where we have placed server side error message panel and client side DIV tag to display our messages. The dynamic javascript panel created at run time is appended to div tag ID ="MainErrorTag".

<asp:Panel runat="server" ID="pnlMessage">            
            <asp:Label ForeColor="Red" runat="server" ID="lblServerError"></asp:Label >            
        </asp:Panel>            
        <div id="MainErrorTag">            
        <div>

Conclusion

The above code is easy to use. One can create a style sheet to design message panel and create one common javascript file to use it across web pages.

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

About the Author

santosh poojari
Technical Lead
India India
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Comments and Discussions

 
GeneralMy vote of 1 PinmemberDhanoop729-Mar-12 19:14 
GeneralUse Existing Controls Pinmembernickyt9-Jul-08 7:27 
GeneralImprovements to Your JavaScript Pinmembernickyt7-Jul-08 3:50 
GeneralRe: Improvements to Your JavaScript Pinmembersantosh poojari27-Jul-08 20:14 
GeneralNice Idea Pinmemberinetfly12327-Jun-08 2:05 
GeneralRe: Nice Idea Pinmembersantosh poojari29-Jun-08 17:58 
Generalgood artical PinmemberGautam Sharma26-Jun-08 23:31 

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