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I would like to use some JavaScript in 'Edit in DataSheet' mode to check a value and prompt a user to enter some text.

Is this possible?

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I'm sorry but you can't. The DataSheet mode uses a "SEALED" ActiveX Control. You have no control over the markup of this control(use IE Dev Toolbar and check it out) in order to control client side behaviour.

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hm.. thanks will check it out with IE DevTool Toolbar –  naijacoder Jul 28 '11 at 0:27
    
Hi There. To meet the needs of your requirement, I suggest using some sort of a Databound AJAX or ASP.NET Control. Obviously you need to bind the control to your Sharepoint list using .Net or the Sharepoint Client OM. –  Fox Jul 29 '11 at 7:40
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