How to get the value of a form element using JavaScript

Please refer article: how to get JavaScript form object for information on getting a reference to the form object.

In this article we demonstrate the use of JavaScript for accessing the values of form elements. Later, we will demonstrate all the concepts using a real world example.

Text input element

text input

To obtain a reference to a text input element, here is some sample code:

oText = oForm.elements["text_element_name"]; OR
oText = oForm.elements[index];

In the code above, “index” is the position of the element in the 0-based elements array, and oForm is the form object reference obtained using the document.forms collection:

oForm = document.forms[index];

To get the value of the text input element, we can use the value property of the text input object:

text_val = oText.value; 

As an example, if we have the following text input element:

<input type="text" name="name" id="txt_name" size="30" maxlength="70"> 

We can access the value of the element like this:

name = oForm.elements["name"].value; 

Textarea element

multiline text box

The code for obtaining a reference to a textarea element is very similar:

oTextarea = oForm.elements["textarea_element_name"];

To get the value entered by the user in the textarea field:

textarea_val = oTextarea.value; 

As an example, if we have a textarea element like this:

<textarea name="address" id="txta_address" rows="3" cols="35"></textarea>

We can access the value entered by the user in this way:

address = oForm.elements["address"].value;

Hidden element

The code for obtaining a reference to a hidden input element:

oHidden = oForm.elements["hidden_element_name"];

To get the value of this element:

hidden_val = oHidden.value;

As an example, if we have a hidden input element in the form defined like this:

<input type="hidden" name="number_of_skillsets" value="1">

We can get the hidden input element’s value like this:

number_of_skillsets = oForm.elements["number_of_skillsets"].value;

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  • karthick

    hai guys i created a html form inside ajax and posted elements as array for an erp development but i cant able to assign calculated values for the text boxes because it is a dynamic form which will be added while clicking a button and i used DHTMLX framework for the project as front end so anyone pls help me in assigning the values…

  • wasim


  • wasim

    how can write a code are given below? please only help in validation ?