Text field Character Count Down

It would be nice to optionally show users how many characters they have remaining on a text field or area. We don’t always want them to get the ugly message that they have input too many characters when they click save, we want them to see the number of characters remaining as they are typing so they can plan their text accordingly.

Like this:

Too many comments:

We accomplished the above example using a field render snippet and field CSS.  Declarative would be nice.  :)

Can you share with us?

Would be very interested in how this is done!

Here’s how we did it. There is a field render snippet, and a CSS class.

Field Render Snippet
Snippet (In-Line), we called: charCountDown
CSS, we called: taskCommentsUI

charCountDown snippet basically updates as the field is modified and applies the error message CSS


var field = arguments[0], value = skuid.utils.decodeHTML(arguments[1]),
_ $ = skuid.$;_
_ _

_ _
// Run the default renderer _
if (field.mode === ‘edit’) {
_ _
_ var errorMessageBox;

_ var addFieldError = function(errorMessage) {_
_ if (!errorMessageBox) {_
_ errorMessageBox = field.element.find(’.field-error-messages’);_
_ if(!errorMessageBox.length) {_
_ errorMessageBox = $(’

var input = field.element.find(':input');  
var MAX\_VALUE = 10;  
var inputValueIsBad = function(inputValue) {  
    var str = inputValue;  
        var n = str.length;  
    return parseInt(n);  

    var val = input.val();  
   if (inputValueIsBad(input.val())) {  
       var inptText =input.val() ;  
       var lengthText = inptText.length;  

       // Add an error  
        var remainingCharacter = 255 - lengthText ;  
        addFieldError('Remaining Characters are '+remainingCharacter);  
       addFieldError('You have entered more then '+'255'+' characters.  You must remove ' + (lengthText - 255) + ' character(s) in order to avoid an error on SAVE.');  

       // And revert the value  

   }  else {  
       if (errorMessageBox) errorMessageBox.hide();  


NOTE: our snippet is hard coded to 255 chars, because that’s what our field was. It would be super cool for the snippet to read the max char length (set on the SF object) and use that instead. I imagine this snippet could be used on more fields on the page this way.

CSS resource (called taskCommentsUI):
.field-error-messages { color: red; padding: 2px;
.my-required-field textarea, .my-required-field input {
border: 1px solid #D00;
border-right: 4px solid #D00;


Having trouble getting this to work, could it be because my field is rich text, and if so is there a way to make this work for rich text fields?