Empty Form TextField Not Validating

Hello I have a from which takes a value from a table. When i clear out the value in the first field validation is not fired. When i go back and put in a single charater then click away the validation is fired. Am i not setting something on the form?

As stated in many forum threads, validators are not called for empty fields; only the “required” flag applies.

While this may not be ideal for at least some applications, it has not been changed so far for backwards compatibility reasons.