Why isn't this simple javascript working?

This javascript all but works with exception of radiobuttonlist.

<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
function validate() {
    if (document.getElementById("<%=txtballotName.ClientID%>").value == "") {
        alert("Ballot Name can not be blank");
        return false;

    if (document.getElementById("<%=txtballotCity.ClientID %>").value == "") {
        alert("Ballot City can not be blank");
        document.getElementById("<%=txtballotCity.ClientID %>").focus();
        return false;
    if (document.getElementById("<%=txtballotState.ClientID%>").value == "") {
        alert("Ballot State cannot be blank");
        return false;
    if (document.getElementById("<%=txtballotZip.ClientID%>").value == "") {
        alert("Zip Code cannot be blank");
        return false;
        if (document.getElementById("<%= txtreceivedby.ClientID %>").checked == false) {
        alert("Request Received By can not be blank");
        return false;

     return true;

The radiobuttonList looks like this:

        <label for="txtreceivedby_0">FAX</label>
        <input id="txtreceivedby_0" type="radio" name="txtreceivedby" value="Fax" />
        <label for="txtreceivedby_1">EMAIL</label>
        <input id="txtreceivedby_1" type="radio" name="txtreceivedby" value="Mail" />
        <label for="txtreceivedby_2">PHONE</label>
        <input id="txtreceivedby_2" type="radio" name="txtreceivedby" value="Phone" />

So far, the other form field are validating except the txtreceivedby radio button. I am not getting any errors but it isn't validating either. Thanks in advance


ASP's radiobuttonlist render as a table containing radio button items. Therefore, it is a bit complicated to get the checked status of radio button.

You might find various sources if you google for "ASP radiobuttonlist and javascript". I have tested some of them and not every of them worked well specially if your page created from Master page.

However, I have tried in my own way and here it is:

<asp:RadioButtonList ID="txtReceivedBy" runat="server">
    <asp:ListItem Text="Fax" Value="0"></asp:ListItem>
    <asp:ListItem Text="Email" Value="1"></asp:ListItem>
    <asp:ListItem Text="Phon" Value="2"></asp:ListItem>
<input type="button" onclick="alert(checkedRadio());" value="Test RadioButtonChecked Status" />

and the javascript I have used to get the cehcked status is here

function checkedRadio() {
    var rtn = false;
    var i = 0;
    var radioBoxesContainer = document.getElementById("<%=txtReceivedBy.ClientID%>");
    if (radioBoxesContainer) {
        var radioBoxes = radioBoxesContainer.getElementsByTagName("input");
        if (radioBoxes && radioBoxes.length > 0) {
            for (i - 0; i < radioBoxes.length; i++) {
                if (radioBoxes[i].checked) {
                    rtn = true;
    return rtn;

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You can create a short little utility function that will get you the value of any radio group:

function getRadioValue(name) {
    var items = document.getElementsByName(name);
    for (var i = 0; i < items.length; i++) {
        if (items[i].checked) {

You can then get the checked item in your radio group like this:

var val = getRadioValue("txtreceivedby");

Working Demo: http://jsfiddle.net/jfriend00/PHXaC/

In a nutshell major headache; if you'd page me, I'd go with a nice good ol' fashion <select> box.

But to be useful, you need to have a look with view source at exactly what the ASP code plasts out to the browser. I don't know ASP but I bet it's either outputting 3 different ids on each radio, or the same id (#txtreceivedby) on all three of them.

Whatever it gives out, the validation code if(bla_bla_blah.checked===false) is wrong because it only targets just one in the set of radios and even with that fixed, that radio might not return .checked===false cross-browser.

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