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How do I Make the Comments Field Optional?

Thread began 8/28/2009 5:04 pm by aames81381544 | Last modified 9/01/2009 5:22 pm by Jason Byrnes | 4036 views | 13 replies |

aames81381544

How do I Make the Comments Field Optional?

I created a form using the Form Solution Pack and it's working fine. But, I would like make the comments field optional for users. I don't want the "a value is required" message to pop up when they don't enter anything into the comments field. How do I do that?

Also, there seems to be a delay when I click on the link to the form on my website. Sometimes it only takes a second to go to the form page (probably because I've already visited it) and other times it seems like it takes 3-4 seconds for the page to show up. Why does it do that?

One more thing, I noticed that you guys came out with a new form creator extension for DreamWeaver. Do you think you will ever make a version for Expression Web?

Thanks,

Andre

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Jimmy Wu

If you click on the spry text area for the comments on the contactus.php page and go to the properties inspector, you can click to remove the check on required.

Do you have a link to your pages where the contact form is?

There are currently no plans for an Expression Web version of CSS Form Builder.

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aames81381544

I'm using Expression Web and I don't quite understand what you are asking me to do. Am I supposed to right click on this: "<span id="sprytextarea1">"? I don't see the properties inspector option when I right click on sprytextarea1. I do see tag properties. Here is a link to the site: www.AlmadenCrossing.com.

Thanks

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Jimmy Wu

Oh, sorry about that, I didn't put 2 and 2 together when you asked about Expression web. I was giving you instructions on how to do this with Dreamweaver.

We use Spry to validate the fields, but Expression Web doesn't recognize this. You can manually remove this line of code on the contactus.php page:
<span class="textareaRequiredMsg">A value is required.</span>

Make sure you leave the second closing span tag on that line.


Also you will need to modify this line of code:
var sprytextarea1 = new Spry.Widget.ValidationTextarea("sprytextarea1", {validateOn:["blur"]});

to look like this:
var sprytextarea1 = new Spry.Widget.ValidationTextarea("sprytextarea1", {validateOn:["blur"], isRequired:false});

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aames81381544

I did what you said and now I get the following message below the comments field: "Please let us know how we can assist you." And the form doesn't go through. It still requires an entry in the comments field.

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Jimmy Wu

My apologies, I had left out a step in modifying the page. You will also have to take out the code immediately following the span tag for the sprytextarea1:
<?php
if (ValidatedField("contact","contact")) {

...

<?php //WAFV_Conditional contact.php contact(3:)
}
}
}?>

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angelo388134

nope

This still does not remove the mandatory comment field! Why would comments be made mandatory anyway?

I'm working in Dreamweaver 8 and there is no property inspector button to unclick, neither does the fix above fix anything....

The form just keeps resetting, although without the red warning bar.

Any other suggestions?

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office172461

Originally Said By: angelo388134
  This still does not remove the mandatory comment field! Why would comments be made mandatory anyway?  



What do you do with a contact form if someone only sends you their name and email address? How do you know what they want?

It's a sensible default until you add more questions to the form.

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aames81381544

Hmm, it still doesn't work. I can't submit the form if I don't enter anything into the comments field.

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aames81381544

Do you think you could remove the code using dreamweaver and then paste the solution here on the boards?

Thanks

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