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Wendy asked on 05 Sep 2013, 07:27 AM

Firstly let me apologise if this is such a simple issue but I am only just starting using Telerik controls.   All of the controls we are making have to be server controls and I am having trouble finding sufficient documentation. I Cannot make these as a web control and that is all the examples I can find.
I have to make an address block as a server control using telerik radtextbox.  This block has Address 1/2/3 City and Postcode and I need to validate what the user enters into the Postcode box.
I have added the text boxes with no problems - they work fine.

private RadTextBox _txtAddress1 = new RadTextBox();

private RadTextBox _txtAddress2 = new RadTextBox();

private RadTextBox _txtAddress3 = new RadTextBox();

private RadTextBox _txtCity = new RadTextBox(); 

private RadTextBox _txtPostcode = new RadTextBox();

(All have corresponding Public properties)

Once I start trying to work out How to validate the _txtPostCode I run into issues.

I thought I would declare  _txtPostcode.RegularExpressionValidator  but this is not a valid request.
I then declared a new RegularExpressionValidator. 

_regularExpressionValidator.ID = "txtValidator";

_regularExpressionValidator.ErrorMessage = "Please enter valid Postcode";

_regularExpressionValidator.ValidationExpression ="^(([Gg][Ii][Rr] 0[Aa]{2})|((([A-Za-z][0-9]{1,2})|(([A-Za-z][A-Ha-hJ-Yj-y][0-9]{1,2})|(([A-Za-z][0-9][A-Za-z])|([A-Za-z][A-Ha-hJ-Yj-y][0-9]?[A-Za-z])))) [0-9][A-Za-z]{2}))$";

_regularExpressionValidator.ControlToValidate = "_txtPostcode";

setup the TextChanged and validation options of the _txtPostcode

_txtPostcode.TextChanged += new EventHandler(_txtPostcode_TextChanged);

_txtPostcode.AutoPostBack = true;

_txtPostcode.CausesValidation = true;

But I now cannot get to the point that the text box is validated. 
Any help would be greatly received - code examples would be fantastic - I find that once someone has shown me a full example once I can then amend this as I need for future requirements as well

Many Thanks


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answered on 09 Sep 2013, 01:18 PM
Hi Wendy,

I have tried this code and it is working for me:
protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    RadTextBox textbox = new RadTextBox();
    textbox.ID = "TextBox1";
    textbox.AutoPostBack = true;
    textbox.CausesValidation = true;
    RegularExpressionValidator validator = new RegularExpressionValidator();
    validator.ID = "txtValidator";
    validator.Text = "Please enter valid Postcode";
    validator.ValidationExpression = "^(([Gg][Ii][Rr] 0[Aa]{2})|((([A-Za-z][0-9]{1,2})|(([A-Za-z][A-Ha-hJ-Yj-y][0-9]{1,2})|(([A-Za-z][0-9][A-Za-z])|([A-Za-z][A-Ha-hJ-Yj-y][0-9]?[A-Za-z])))) [0-9][A-Za-z]{2}))$";
    validator.ControlToValidate = textbox.UniqueID;

When I enter text like "AA11 1AA" it passes the validation and "InvalidZip" does not pass.

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answered on 12 Sep 2013, 07:41 AM
Thanks Vasil - beginner's mistake in trying to make things too complicated and forgetting that the validation is automatic and doesn't need and event changed placed on it.

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