I have a date field on a drupal node edit form using the pop-up calendar widget. When certain things happen on my site I have to disable some fields on that node edit form, including the date.

However, when this happens, I can no longer save the form because I get this message:

The value input for field [my field] is invalid.

I tried changing the widget to plain text, and it works fine, so it is an issue with the pop-up calendar widget.

Any ideas?

  • How are you disabling the form element? Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 8:36
  • In a form_alter hook: $form[$field_id]['#disabled'] = true; Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 8:42

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If using hook_form_alter you can use #limit_validation_errors to exclude that field from validation.

The #limit_validation_errors property is a list of "sections" within $form_state['values'] that must contain valid values. Each "section" is an array with the ordered set of keys needed to reach that part of $form_state['values'] (i.e., the #parents property of the element).

Example 1: Allow the "Previous" button to function, regardless of whether any user input is valid.

  $form['actions']['previous'] = array(
    '#type' => 'submit',
    '#value' => t('Previous'),
    '#limit_validation_errors' => array(),       // No validation.
    '#submit' => array('some_submit_function'),  // #submit required.

Example 2: Require some, but not all, user input to be valid to process the submission of a "Previous" button.

  $form['actions']['previous'] = array(
    '#type' => 'submit',
    '#value' => t('Previous'),
    '#limit_validation_errors' => array(
      array('step1'),       // Validate $form_state['values']['step1'].
      array('foo', 'bar'),  // Validate $form_state['values']['foo']['bar'].
    '#submit' => array('some_submit_function'), // #submit required.

More info: form_set_error

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