immirza immirza - 1 year ago 215
AngularJS Question

ng-pattern to allow spaces between words

I am looking for a

regular expression
that prevents special characters and only allows letters, numbers, dash (-), underscore (_) an space.

This regex works great but it doesn't allow for spaces between words.

For example, if enter
"123 456"
, i get custom error i defined.
How i can tweak this reg to allow space between words as well in addition to letters, numbers, dash and underscore.

<input type="text" name="serialNumber" data-ng-model="SerialNumber" ng-pattern="/^[a-zA-Z0-9_-]*$/" maxlength="100"/>
<div data-ng-if="Form.serialNumber.$error.pattern" class="error">Please enter valid serial number</div>

Answer Source

If you want to allow a space in your input, you need to include it into the character class.

According to docs:

ngTrim (optional)
If set to false Angular will not automatically trim the input. This parameter is ignored for input[type=password] controls, which will never trim the input.
(default: true)

So, if your input field is not password field I'd recommend:

ng-pattern="/^[\w -]*$/"

The \w stands for [A-Za-z0-9_] in JS, the underscore does not have to be escaped and the hyphen at the end of the character class does not need escaping either.

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