This is so long overdue, but I told Dave Ward last Summer I would post this Blog and well I have not been so good on that commitment.
This is so long overdue, but I told Dave Ward last Summer I would post this Blog and well I have not been so good on that commitment. If you want to validate a form that is organized using the jQuery UI Tabs widget you probably need to perform validation as the user switches between tabs. In fact there may be many times you may need to validate a section of a form or a page as the user navigates through various areas. This technique can be used in any of those cases.
Specifically when using tabs there you may need to validate user supplied data before they are allowed to change tabs. The classical case is a wizard where the user steps through each step to reach a completed state. Typically the wizard will have buttons to go forward and backwards. The user may also want to manually select tabs (not covered here) so validation needs to be performed in both these instances. In this example I am going to assume you have basic familiarity with the jQuery UI Tabs widget and the Validation plugin.
First the wizard markup. This example will use a super simple wizard that collects a user's name on the first tab and their phone number on the second tab. But you should be able to extrapolate the functionality to forms of any size. If you are not familiar with how the jQuery UI Tab widget works, I recommend reviewing the documentation.
The following markup is the form used in this example:
< form id ="MultiTabValidation" action ="MultiTabValidation.aspx" method ="post" > < div id ="tabs" > < ul > < li >< a href ="#FirstTab" > General Information </ a ></ li > < li >< a href ="#PhoneTab" > Phone Information </ a ></ li > </ ul > < div id ="FirstTab" > < fieldset > < legend > User Information </ legend > < ul > < li > < label for ="txtName" > Name </ label >< input type ="text" id ="txtFirstName" class ="required" ></ input ></ li > < li > < button id ="btnToPhoneNumber" name ="btnToPhoneNumber" type ="button" > Next ></ button ></ li > </ ul > </ fieldset > </ div > < div id ="PhoneTab" > < fieldset > < legend > Phone Number </ legend > < ul > < li > < label for ="txtPhone" > Phone </ label >< input type ="text" id ="txtPhone" class ="phone required" ></ input ></ li > < li > < button id ="btnToGeneral" name ="btnToGeneral" type ="button" > < Prev </ button > < button id ="btnSubmit" name ="btnSubmit" type ="button" > Submit </ button ></ li > </ ul > </ fieldset > </ div > </ div > </ form >
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