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Create Custom RegExp-Based Validation in the Spreadsheet


Product Progress® Kendo UI® Spreadsheet for jQuery
Operating System Windows 10 64bit
Visual Studio Version Visual Studio 2017
Preferred Language JavaScript


How can I use RegExp-based rules with the validation of the Kendo UI for jQuery Spreadsheet?


The validation types of the Spreadsheet do not directly support RegExp-based rules.

To work around this issue, use a custom validation type that allows you to pass any formula. The validation will pass when the formula returns a non-false value. Though the built-in functions do not include a RegExp-matching function, a custom function is easy to create. For more information, refer to the article on defining custom functions.

 // Define a REGEXP_MATCH function that returns true if a string
 // matches a given pattern (regexp).
 kendo.spreadsheet.defineFunction("REGEXP_MATCH", function(str, pattern, flags){
     var rx;
     try {
         rx = flags ? new RegExp(pattern, flags) : new RegExp(pattern);
     } catch(ex) {
         // could not compile regexp, return some error code
         return new kendo.spreadsheet.CalcError("REGEXP");
     return rx.test(str);
     [ "str", "string" ],
     [ "pattern", "string" ],
     [ "flags", [ "or", "string", "null" ] ]

<div id="spreadsheet"></div>

 var spreadsheet = $("#spreadsheet").kendoSpreadsheet({
     columnWidth: 100

 var sheet = spreadsheet.activeSheet();

 sheet.range("A1").value("IP Address in B1:");

 // Using custom validation, you can pass any formula and the cell
 // validates if the formula returns a non-false value (see the `from` field).
     comparerType: "custom",
     dataType: "custom",
     from: 'REGEXP_MATCH(B1, "^[0-9]{1,3}\\\\.[0-9]{1,3}\\\\.[0-9]{1,3}\\\\.[0-9]{1,3}$")'

 // Note the difficulty of properly quoting a regexp in a string.
 // An alternative would be to write the regexp in a
 // variable and encode it with JSON.stringify, i.e.:
 // var rx = "^[0-9]{1,3}\\.[0-9]{1,3}\\." etc
 //     and then pass it like this
 // from: '=REGEXP_MATCH(B1, ' + JSON.stringify(rx) + ')'


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