Input Data Validation



Annotating Object Attributes with Validators 

Model-level "validators" are for automatic validation when there are attempts to save values to the object's fields. Annotations that start with @ followed by an ID (validator name), and that are used on object attributes are validator annotations. See "Creating Complex Validators" below on how to define the validators. The ID value must match the name of a defined validator.


object Person
    string fname;
    string sname;




Creating Complex Validators

In a .mez file, under ./model/, use the validator keyword followed by a validator name, followed by a block containing atomic validators:

Validator Examples
validator FirstnameValidator {
    notnull(); minlen(2); maxlen(250);
validator AgeValidator {
validator CTMetroPhoneNumber {
    notnull(); regex("021-[7..9]{7}");




Available Atomic Validators

These are the building blocks used for creating complex validators:


notnull();Check that the attribute is not null. This validator does not take any arguments.
regex("^[A-Z a-z]*$");

Checks that the value conforms to a regular expression. Allows upper & lower case and spaces.

regex("^[A-Za-z0-9 ]*$");Another regex example. Alphanumeric with spaces.
regex("^27[0-9]*$");Another regex example. Number starting with 27.
regex("\b[A-Za-z0-9._%-]+@[A-Za-z0-9.-]+[.][A-Za-z]{2,4}\b");Another regex example. Email.

Checks that the value is not less than the supplied minimum value.


Checks that the values is not greater than the supplied maximum value.


Checks that a string value does not have less characters than the supplied minimum value.


Checks that a string value does not have more characters than the supplied maximum value.




Regex Validation in Presenter Units

Whereas the above validators are entered into the model object for automatic validation upon save attempts, any value in a string variable can be compared to a specified regular expression for manual validation with bool b = String:regexMatch(s, r).

if (String:regexMatch("27000111abc","^27[0-9]{9,}$") == false) {




Additional Mentions and References