Error referencing id containing $

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  • #22934

    Darin Davis

    BACKGROUND: I need to copy the value of one field to another if a condition is met. This is what I have so far (just for testing/learning):

    function copyOneTimeFactor(factor){
        if (factor === "oneTimeFactorAmt1") {
            alert("Called by " + factor + " rule. onetimeAmt1 = " + jQuery("#onetimeAmt1_cc2ba976-715e-44b1-a3e3-a2c6f5992382_$CurrencyField").val);

    I copied the input field id from Chrome Developer Tools (screen capture attached).

    In testing the custom JS, I’m getting the message:

    Syntax error, unrecognized expression: #onetimeAmt1_cc2ba976-715e-44b1-a3e3-a2c6f5992382_$CurrencyField

    (screen capture attached)

    If I remove the $, instead of an error message, I get 12 lines of unintelligible code as the (apparent) value of the input field (screen capture attached).

    QUESTION: What is wrong with the way I’m referencing the field ID so that it constitutes a syntax error? Is there a better way to accomplish my goal than using jQuery to get/set the values of input form fields?

    Thanks for any assistance!

  • #22945

    Alexander Bautz

    Addressing an item with id containing $ requires that you escape it like this:


    You can however use this approach instead:

    var value = getFieldValue("onetimeAmt1"); // Please verify the field name
    // Copy it to another field


  • #22947

    Darin Davis

    Thank you very much, Alexander!


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