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Disable button whenever a text field is empty dynamically

Here’s my code:

<input type="text" onkeyup="if(this.value.length > 0) document.getElementById('start_button').disabled = false; else document.getElementById('start_button').disabled = true;"/>
<input type="button" value="Click to begin!" id="start_button" disabled/>

This works but still not efficient since the user can delete the text inside the text box and click the button while he’s holding on DELETE key. Is there a more efficient way to achieve this using javascript?

Answer

Add a check when the button is clicked to see if there is any text. If there isn’t, pop up an alert box (or some other form of feedback) to tell the user to enter data, and don’t do the button functionality.

Example:

<input id="myText" type="text" onkeyup="stoppedTyping()">
<input type="button" value="Click to begin!" id="start_button" onclick="verify()" disabled/> 

<script type="text/javascript">
    function stoppedTyping(){
        if(this.value.length > 0) { 
            document.getElementById('start_button').disabled = false; 
        } else { 
            document.getElementById('start_button').disabled = true;
        }
    }
    function verify(){
        if myText is empty{
            alert "Put some text in there!"
            return
        }
        else{
            do button functionality
        }
    }
</script>