2 Replies Latest reply on May 16, 2017 6:36 AM by cbeckwith

    Server Side Form Validation Page Shows HTML


      I saw a post about this a few years ago, but never an answer.


      We have some very old forms that use the hidden field type of server side validation to check required fields (_required).  The same forms on ColdFusion 10 return a correctly formatted validation error page.  The form under CF11 returns a page that shows the html tags.


      The form contains hidden fields like this: <input type="hidden" name="From_required" value="Name of person submitting request is required.">


      When a form is submitted with an empty field the page displayed looks like this:

      Form entries are incomplete or invalid.

         <ul><li>Name of person submitting request is required. </li></ul> Go <a href="javascript:history.back()">back</a> and correct the problem.


      I know using this type of validation isn't good, but we need to get them over to CF11 as is for now.  I tried changing the form to a cfform, but got the same results.  I also changed the _required to _cfformrequired, but no difference.


      Any ideas what may be causing this?  Any suggestions appreciated.  Thanks.

        • 1. Re: Server Side Form Validation Page Shows HTML
          BKBK Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          It is a bug. Please report it.


          In the meantime you could quickly, and simply, set up a workaround. Remove the _required, then use validation by means of jQuery.

          You may use this jQuery validation example:


          <form method="post" name="userForm">

            First name:<br>

            <input type="text" name="firstname">


            Last name:<br>

            <input type="text" name="lastname" >



            <input type="text" name="email">


            <input name="sbmt" type="submit" value="Submit">



          <script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/jquery/1.12.4/jquery.min.js"></script>

          <script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/jquery.validation/1.16.0/jquery.validate.min.js"></script>        


          <script type="text/javascript" >

          // Wait for the DOM to be ready

          $(function() {

            // Initialize form validation on the registration form.

            // It has the name attribute "registration"


              // Specify validation rules

              rules: {

                // The key name on the left side is the name attribute

                // of an input field. Validation rules are defined

                // on the right side

                firstname: "required",

                lastname: "required",

                email: {

                  required: true,

                  // Specify that email should be validated

                  // by the built-in "email" rule

                  email: true



              // Specify validation error messages

              messages: {

                firstname: "Please enter your firstname",

                lastname: "Please enter your lastname",

                email: "Please enter a valid email address"


              // Make sure the form is submitted to the destination defined

              // in the "action" attribute of the form when valid

              submitHandler: function(form) {







          • 2. Re: Server Side Form Validation Page Shows HTML

            You're using <cfform tags?