Add custom JavaScript to a form

Both basic forms and multistep forms step records contain a field named Custom JavaScript that can be used to store JavaScript code to allow you to extend or modify the form's visual display or function.

The custom block of JavaScript will be added to the bottom of the page just before the closing form tag element.

Form fields

The HTML input ID of a table field is set to the logical name of the attribute. Selecting a field, setting values, or other client-side manipulation easy by with jQuery.

$(document).ready(function() {


Adding a choice column to model-driven form to be used in an multistep form step or a basic form will appear on the webpage as a drop-down server control. Using custom JavaScript to add additional values to the control will result in an “Invalid postback or callback argument” message on the page submission.

Additional client-side field validation

Sometimes you might need to customize the validation of fields on the form. This example forces the user to specify an email only if the other field for preferred method of contact is set to Email.


The client-side field validation is not supported in a subgrid.

if (window.jQuery) {
   (function ($) {
      $(document).ready(function () {
         if (typeof (Page_Validators) == 'undefined') return;
         // Create new validator
         var newValidator = document.createElement('span'); = "none"; = "emailaddress1Validator";
         newValidator.controltovalidate = "emailaddress1";
         newValidator.errormessage = "<a href='#emailaddress1_label' referencecontrolid='emailaddress1 ' onclick='javascript:scrollToAndFocus(\"emailaddress1 _label\",\" emailaddress1 \");return false;'>Email is a required field.</a>";
         newValidator.validationGroup = ""; // Set this if you have set ValidationGroup on the form
         newValidator.initialvalue = "";
         newValidator.evaluationfunction = function () {
            var contactMethod = $("#preferredcontactmethodcode").val();
            if (contactMethod != 2) return true; // check if contact method is not 'Email'.
            // only require email address if preferred contact method is email.
            var value = $("#emailaddress1").val();
            if (value == null || value == "") {
            return false;
            } else {
               return true;

         // Add the new validator to the page validators array:


General validation

On click of the Next/Submit button, a function named entityFormClientValidate is executed. You can extend this method to add custom validation logic.

if (window.jQuery) {
   (function ($) {
      if (typeof (entityFormClientValidate) != 'undefined') {
         var originalValidationFunction = entityFormClientValidate;
         if (originalValidationFunction && typeof (originalValidationFunction) == "function") {
            entityFormClientValidate = function() {
               originalValidationFunction.apply(this, arguments);
               // do your custom validation here
               // return false; // to prevent the form submit you need to return false
               // end custom validation.
               return true;

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