maybe I won't worry about it, since the main thing is that the "server" validations are working, and they do appear to be working.
but I am perplexed as to why simply changing the name of the label would cause a different field that previously had the red background alert working, suddenly stop working just because it has a different label. weird.
is there anything else I should do when changing a simple label for a form element, that you know of?
thanks so much for you help!