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    I am using the well-known sendit.php file to email an online form. My goal is to obtain a person's full name. This form is used by existing clients and I would like to prevent them from entering initials in the name fields. I am aware nothing can prevent a client from typing random characters but thought setting a minimum of characters would persuade them to fill it out accurately.

    I have already set the first and last name fields as "required." Now I want to ensure that more than 3 characters are entered by the viewer. Any tips on how to do this?

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    I am not sure how to do this... but not sure you would want to.
    I actually know people whose legal name is only two letters... might be frustrating for them if they can't enter their name...
    I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not. ~ Kurt Cobain

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    • #3
      I've never heard of sendit.php, but you know how to work with PHP you can use the strlen() function to check the length of a given string:

      PHP Code:
      $fname strlen($_POST['fname']);

      if (
      $fname 4)
      {
         
      //Code telling PHP what to do if the first name is less than 4 characters...

      I agree with Audentia that someone named Al or Sue would probably be very frustrated at not being able to enter their name (I have a friend whose legal name is Kim).

      Digi
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      • #4
        empty() is a more user friendly option. I wouldn't recommend a minimum length because as others have said it is possible to have a 2 or 3 character name. I don't think it would be bad though to check for more then 1 using strlen().
        Last edited by tZ; 08-21-2009, 06:20 PM.

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        • #5
          Yeah, don't be hatin on all the Bos and Eds
          “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” Lance Armstrong

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          • #6
            I work with someone whose last name is Ng. He'd be unable to fill out your form properly.
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            • #7
              Lots of people wouldn't be able to use it.

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              • #8
                LOL! Thanks guys. I appreciate your feedback very much.

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