elgis elgis - 6 months ago 19
Javascript Question

TypeError: pattern.test is not a function

I'm writing a register form which has a ton of javascript included. While writing the basic functions to check the format of certain strings, I came across this problem (I've tried to solve it by myself but no luck there). In this simplified version I have three functions: one to check the format of phone number, second to check the format of email and third to combine those two functions to make it more clear. Here's the code:

<meta charset="utf-8">
function filterPhone(phone){
var pattern = "/^(()?\d{3}())?(-|\s)?\d{3}(-|\s)?\d{4}$/";
return pattern.test(phone);

function filterEmail(email) {
var regex = /^([a-zA-Z0-9_.+-])+\@(([a-zA-Z0-9-])+\.)+([a-zA-Z0-9]{2,4})+$/;
return regex.test(email);

function checkForm(){
var puh = document.getElementById("puh").value;
var email = document.getElementById("email").value;
if(filterPhone(puh) && filterEmail(email)){
alert("It works");
return true;
} else {
alert("Check the format!");
return false;
<form method="post" action="" name="regForm" onsubmit="return checkForm()">
<input type="text" name="puh" id="puh" placeholder="Phonenumber"><br>
<input type="text" name="email" id="email" placeholder="Email address"><br>
<input type="submit" value="Check!">

If I only use the function filterEmail it works fine but when I use them both (or even only the filterPhone!) it gives me an error: "TypeError: pattern.test is not a function" ("pattern" referring to the first function's (filterPhone) variable name called pattern). I've tried using exec() instead of test() and changing the regex-pattern, neither have worked. This is rather weird since the syntax seems to be correct. Why could be the reason?


Your pattern must be RegEx literal (double quotes around that should not be there) like this

var pattern = /^(()?\d{3}())?(-|\s)?\d{3}(-|\s)?\d{4}$/;

Otherwise you need to use RegExp object, with proper escaping for \, like this

var pattern = new RegExp("^(()?\\d{3}())?(-|\\s)?\\d{3}(-|\\s)?\\d{4}$");