ajsie ajsie - 1 month ago 7
Javascript Question

form validation with javascript vs php

Why should I bother to use JavaScript for form validation when I still have to use PHP since the user could have JavaScript support turned off.

Isn't it unnecessary?

Update:



Ok thanks for your answers. it sounds like a good idea to have it on the client side too. where can I download good JavaScript validations?

Do you know where I can download a validation script like that one in yahoo when you register an account?

Answer

Javascript validation allows your user to be informed of any errors prior to their submitting the form to the server. This saves irritating page-reloads (since on submit the JS catches the event and validates the form, preventing form-submission if errors are found) and minimises the chances of their having to re-enter information again (and again and again...), or leaving prior to completing the form properly. JS validation is not a substitute for server-side validation (since the user can see the JS, and, by saving the page and amending the JS do whatever they want); but it's a convenience for them.

This is simply part of the concept of progressive enhancement, whereby JS provides a mechanism for enhancing the experience for the user, if it's there and turned on, and hopefully makes their interaction with your site pleasant, or, at least, minimally irritating.


Edited in response to OP's question regarding 'where to download a JS validation tool.'

While I can't -necessarily- recommend any one library (I tend to write my own as required, or borrow from previously self-written examples), a Google search threw these options up:

  • http://www.jsvalidate.com/
  • Stephen Walther's page, discussing Microsoft's CDN and jQuery-validation, linking to jQuery Validation plug-in:

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