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Server Validation - Repopulating Checkbox Array

Thread began 4/03/2012 6:42 am by Ian S | Last modified 4/04/2012 9:23 am by Jason Byrnes | 2398 views | 3 replies |

Ian S

Server Validation - Repopulating Checkbox Array

Hi WA,

I have a form with a checkbox array. Nothing fancy, just some checkboxes named Checkbox[]

The form has Server Side validation on it.

How easy (or not) is it to get these repopulated should the validation of the form fail?

Is it a quick task or slightly more involved?

Cheers
Ian

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

it's not a quick task, it is definitely more involved and requires hand coding.

first, a multiple checkbox like this will pass the selected values using an array. to validate the checkboxes, the array needs to be converted to a comma separated string.

add the following code at line 1 to do that:

php:
<?php

if($_SERVER["REQUEST_METHOD"] == "POST")     {
    foreach(
$_POST as $key => $val) {
        if(
is_array($_POST[$key])) $_POST[$key] = implode(", "$_POST[$key]);
    }
}
?>



when validation fails, the validated entries code for the checkbox (yours may look different):

php:
<?php echo(ValidatedField("pagename","Checkbox")) ?>




will give us a comma separated list of the checked items, we need to convert that back to an array by adding the following code just before the form tag

php:
<?php $selected explode(", "ValidatedField("untitled4","Checkbox")); ?>




then in each checkbox, we can use the in_array function to see if that checkbox value is in the array, for example:

php:
<input type="checkbox" name="Checkbox[]" value="1" <?php if(in_array("1"$selected)) echo("checked=\"checked\""); ?> id="CheckboxGroup1_0" />

      Checkbox</label>
    <br />
    <label>
      <input type="checkbox" name="Checkbox[]" value="2" <?php if(in_array("2"$selected)) echo("checked=\"checked\""); ?> id="CheckboxGroup1_1" />
      Checkbox</label>
    <br />
    <label>
      <input type="checkbox" name="Checkbox[]" value="3" <?php if(in_array("3"$selected)) echo("checked=\"checked\""); ?> id="CheckboxGroup1_2" />
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Ian S

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Ian S

Hi Jason,

I just wanted to let you know that thanks to your clear explanation and helpful code snippets that I was able to resolve my issue very quickly indeed!

Thanks as always!

Cheers
Ian

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

glad to hear it is working.

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