I´ve read that you can create a mini module to limit comments length. I´ts cool, and it´s working, but I need to add to it some JS so it tells you how many characters you have left.

So I´ve found some easy thing to do (via Google):

Put this inside your head tag:

<script language=”javascript”>
function limit(what,chars,counter) {
if (what.value.length > chars) {
alert(‘You exceed to ‘ + chars + ‘chars!’);
counting = (chars – what.value.length);
c = document.getElementById(counter);
c.innerHTML = counting;

And put this in your body:

<label for=”text”><strong>Text</strong></label> ¦ Chars left: <span id=”count1″>500</span></p>
<textarea name=”[1][3][t]” rows=”10″ cols=”50″ onkeyup=”limit(this,500,’count1′);” onkeydown=”limit(this,500,’count1′);” onblur=”limit(this,500,’count1′);” onfocus=”limit(this,500,’count1′);”></textarea>

The thing is that I should add that inside the textarea of the comment body. As you can see, the code works, but how do I make it work the Drupal way?

I need only to limit comment length.

Thanks for your help! Rosamunda

1 Answer 1


Why don't you simply use the Maxlength module that does exactly what you want already pre-packaged?

Otherwise, I would either write a custom module and use drupal_add_js() and hook_form_alter(), or use them in your template.php file without having to write a module.

If you're stumped, and want to know how to do it, why don't you download the Maxlength module and analyse how it is written to clarify the processes involved?

  • Hi there, Thanks for your answer, but it won´t work on comments, just on CCK fields...
    – Rosamunda
    Commented Nov 8, 2011 at 21:56
  • Anyway, I have trouble with the second part of the code, whare should I put it to modify the comment form output?
    – Rosamunda
    Commented Nov 11, 2011 at 19:04
  • I would stick it into a custom module or your template.php file. You should be able to use the hook_form_alter - use prefix to add things before the form (labels chars left etc ..), use the attributes like so to add onkeyup, onkeydown functiosn to the field itself.$form['field_name]['#attributes'] = array('onkeyup' => array('jadajada ...')...); }
    – tecjam
    Commented Nov 15, 2011 at 7:39

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