JavaScript Form Validation

JavaScript: HTML Form - restricting the length

Checking string length

Sometimes situation arises when a field in an html form accept a restricted number of characters. For example a userid (length between 6 to 10 character) or password (length between 8 to 14 characters). You can write a JavaScript form validation script where the required field(s) in the HTML form accepts the restricted number of characters.

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Javascript function to restrict length of user input

function lengthRange(inputtxt, minlength, maxlength)
   var userInput = inputtxt.value;  
   if(userInput.length >= minlength && userInput.length <= maxlength)
        return true;  	
	alert("Please input between " +minlength+ " and " +maxlength+ " characters");  		
        return false;  	


Flowchart : JavaScript - Checking string length

Here's an example of the above function for a field that requires 6 to 8 characters to valid a usercode.


<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>JavaScript form validation - checking non empty</title>
<link rel='stylesheet' href='form-style.css' type='text/css' />
<body onload='document.form1.text1.focus()'>
<div class="mail">
<p>Enter Userid [between 6 to 8 characters] and Submit</p>
<form name="form1" action="#">
<li>Username:<input type='text' name='text1'/></li>
<li class="submit"it"><input type="submit" name="submit" value="Submit" onclick="stringlength(document.form1.text1,6,8)"/></li>
<script src="string-lenght.js"></script>

Javascript code

function stringlength(inputtxt, minlength, maxlength)
var field = inputtxt.value; 
var mnlen = minlength;
var mxlen = maxlength;

if(field.length<mnlen || field.length> mxlen)
alert("Please input the userid between " +mnlen+ " and " +mxlen+ " characters");
return false;
alert('Your userid have accepted.');
return true;

CSS Code

li {list-style-type: none;
font-size: 16pt;
.mail {
margin: auto;
padding-top: 10px;
padding-bottom: 10px;
width: 400px;
background : #D8F1F8;
border: 1px soild silver;
.mail h2 {
margin-left: 38px;
input {
font-size: 20pt;
input:focus, textarea:focus{
background-color: lightyellow;
input submit {
font-size: 12pt;
.rq {
color: #FF0000;
font-size: 10pt;

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