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Limiting User Input: Character Limits in Reactjs

Setting Character Limits on Input Fields and Textareas in React.js

As web developers, we often need to ensure certain input fields or text areas have a character limit. This is particularly important for preventing users from submitting excessively long or invalid data.

Thankfully, React.js offers a couple of simple approaches to set character limits on input fields and text areas. In this article, we will explore the two main methods of setting character limits in React.js, using the maxLength prop and the handleChange function.

We will also explain how to set character limits on text areas using the maxLength prop. Method 1: Using the maxLength Prop

One of the easiest ways to set a character limit in React.js is to use the maxLength prop.

This prop specifies the maximum number of characters that a user can input into an input field or textarea. Here is how we can use the maxLength prop in a React.js input field:

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In this example, the `maxLength` prop is set to 50, meaning the user can input up to 50 characters into the input field.

Similarly, we can set the `maxLength` prop for a textarea:

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In this example, the `maxLength` prop is set to 200, meaning the user can input up to 200 characters into the textarea. Method 2: Using the handleChange Function

Another way to set a character limit in React.js is to use the handleChange function.

This function is invoked every time the user types a character in the input field or textarea, allowing us to check the length of the entered text and restrict it if necessary. Here is how we can set a character limit using the handleChange function:

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class CharacterLimitInput extends React.Component {

constructor(props) {

super(props);

this.state = { value: ” };

this.handleChange = this.handleChange.bind(this);

}

handleChange(event) {

if (event.target.value.length <= 50) {

this.setState({ value: event.target.value });

}

}

render() {

return (

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}

}

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In this example, we define a React component that contains an input field with a maximum character limit of 50.

The `handleChange` function checks the length of the entered text on every keystroke. If the length is less than or equal to 50, the function updates the component’s state with the entered text.

If the length exceeds 50, the function does nothing, effectively restricting the character limit to 50.

Setting Character Limits on Textareas

Setting character limits on textareas works similarly to input fields. We can use the maxLength prop or the handleChange function to set a character limit.

Here is how we can use the maxLength prop for a textarea:

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In this example, the `maxLength` prop is set to 200, meaning the user can input up to 200 characters into the textarea. Alternatively, we can use the handleChange function with a similar approach as for input fields:

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class CharacterLimitTextarea extends React.Component {

constructor(props) {

super(props);

this.state = { value: ” };

this.handleChange = this.handleChange.bind(this);

}

handleChange(event) {

if (event.target.value.length <= 200) {

this.setState({ value: event.target.value });

}

}

render() {

return (