Spry widgets are replaced with jQuery widgets in Dreamweaver CC and later. While you can still modify existing spry widgets on your page, you cannot add new spry widgets.
The Validation Confirm Widget is a text field or a password form field that displays valid or invalid states when a user enters a value that does not match the value of a similar field in the same form. For example, you can add a Validation Confirm widget to a form that requires a user to retype the password they've specified in a previous field. If the user fails to type the password exactly as they've specified it previously, the widget returns an error message stating that the values do not match.
You can also use a Validation Confirm widget in conjunction with a Validation Text Field widget to validate email addresses.
You should be familiar with Spry validation widgets before you work with the Confirm widget. If you’re not familiar with them, see Working with the Spry Validation Text Field widget, or any of the other validation widget overviews before proceeding. This overview does not present all basic validation widget concepts.
The Validation Confirm widget includes a number of states (for example, valid, invalid, required, and so on). You can alter the properties of these states by editing the corresponding CSS file (SpryValidationConfirm.css), depending on the desired validation results. A Validation Confirm widget can validate at various points—for example, when the site visitor clicks outside the widget, when they type, or when they try to submit the form.
When the user enters text that does not match the text entered in a previous text field, Validation Text Field widget, or Validation Password widget.
For a more comprehensive explanation of how Validation Confirm widgets work, as well as additional information about widget structure, see www.adobe.com/go/learn_dw_spryconfirm_en.
You can also insert a Validation Confirm widget by using the Spry category in the Insert panel.
By default, all Validation Confirm widgets that you insert with Dreamweaver require user input when published on a web page. You can, however, make the completion of confirm text fields optional for the user.
You can set the point at which validation occurs—when the site visitor clicks outside the widget, as the visitor types, or when the visitor tries to submit the form.
Although the Property inspector enables you to make simple edits to a Validation Confirm widget, it does not support customized styling tasks. You can alter the CSS for the Validation Confirm widget so that you can create a widget that is styled to your liking. For a more advanced list of styling tasks, see www.adobe.com/go/learn_dw_spryconfirm_custom_en.
All CSS rules in the topics below refer to the default rules located in the SpryValidationConfirm.css file. Dreamweaver saves the SpryValidationConfirm.css file in the SpryAssets folder of your site whenever you create a Spry Validation Confirm widget. Consulting this file is helpful because it contains commented information about various styles that apply to the widget.
Although you can easily edit rules for the Validation Confirm widget directly in the accompanying CSS file, you can also use the CSS Styles panel to edit the widget’s CSS. The CSS Styles panel is helpful for locating the CSS classes assigned to different parts of the widget, especially if you use the panel’s Current mode.
The SpryValidationConfirm.css file contains extensive comments, explaining the code and the purpose for certain rules. For further information, see the comments in the file.
By default, error messages for the Validation Confirm widget appear in red with a 1-pixel solid border surrounding the text.
To change the text styling of Validation Confirm widget error messages, use the following table to locate the appropriate CSS rule, and then change the default properties, or add your own text-styling properties and values.
Text to change
Relevant CSS rule
Relevant properties to change
Error message text
.confirmRequiredState .confirmRequiredMsg, .confirmInvalidState .confirmInvalidMsg
color: #CC3333; border: 1px solid #CC3333;
To change the background colors of the Validation Confirm widget in various states, use the following table to locate the appropriate CSS rule, and then change the default background color values.
Color to change
Relevant CSS rule
Relevant property to change
Background color of widget in valid state
.confirmValidState input, input.confirmValidState
Background color of widget in invalid state
input.confirmRequiredState, .confirmRequiredState input, input.confirmInvalidState, .confirmInvalidState input
Background color of widget in focus
.confirmFocusState input, input.confirmFocusState