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JavaScript Regular Expressions in JavaScript Validating a Form Form Validation

John Brady
John Brady
Full Stack JavaScript Techdegree Student 14,013 Points

Results work on regexpal.com, but not on the quiz.

This one appears to work pretty well on regexpal.com. It limits the results to the # sign plus 6 alphanumeric characters. I also put the flag at the end for case insensitivity. Like this:


Not sure why it doesn't pass, the quiz feedback says, "Bummer: ... see if you can limit the regex to narrow the results ..."

So narrowing it down might be limiting the length of the string so that there are no more possible characters than 7 by adding the $ at the end. Adding a carrot ^ at the beginning would ensure that the string starts with a # character. To my surprise this doesn't work on the quiz or regexpal.com:


So I'm stuck here. Help is appreciated.

// Type inside this function
function isValidHex(text) {
const hexRegEx = /#[A-Z0-9]{6}/i

const hex = document.getElementById("hex");
const body = document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0];

hex.addEventListener("input", e => {
  const text = e.target.value;
  const valid = isValidHex(text);
  if (valid) {
    body.style.backgroundColor = "rgb(176, 208, 168)";
  } else {
    body.style.backgroundColor = "rgb(189, 86, 86)";
<!DOCTYPE html>

    <title>DOM Manipulation</title>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css" />

    <div id="content">
        <p>Enter a valid hex value below to make the screen turn green.</p>
        <input type="text" id="hex">
    <script src="app.js"></script>

John Brady
John Brady
Full Stack JavaScript Techdegree Student 14,013 Points

Answered my own question ... This passed the quiz when I changed A-Z to A-F and then put the ^ and $ at the end.

However, for some reason it doesn't show that this solution (with the carrot at the beginning and dollar sign at the end) works on regexpal.com.

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
215,357 Points

As you discovered, it's necessary to restrict both the size and character set.

And it does work in regexpal if you are careful to make sure that the test string is a correct match (and has no extra white space or newlines). If you were trying to test it with multiple lines of matches, you'd need to add the global (g) and multiline (m) flags, which are not on by default.