Class TextField

  extended by org.apache.tapestry5.corelib.base.AbstractField
      extended by org.apache.tapestry5.corelib.base.AbstractTextField
          extended by org.apache.tapestry5.corelib.components.TextField
All Implemented Interfaces:
ClientElement, Field

public class TextField
extends AbstractTextField

TextField component corresponds to <input> element. The value parameter will be edited (read when the containing Form is rendered, and updated when the form is submitted). TextField is generally used with string values, but other values are acceptable, as long as they can be freely converted back and forth to strings.

Includes the size attribute, if a Width annotation is present on the property bound to the value parameter.

Component Parameters
NameDescriptionTypeFlagsDefaultDefault PrefixSince
annotationProviderProvider of annotations used for some defaults. Annotation are usually provided in terms of the value parameter (i.e., from the getter and/or setter bound to the value parameter).org.apache.tapestry5.ioc.AnnotationProviderprop
clientIdThe id used to generate a page-unique client-side identifier for the component. If a component renders multiple times, a suffix will be appended to the to id to ensure uniqueness. The uniqued value may be accessed via the clientId property.Stringprop:componentResources.idliteral
disabledIf true, then the field will render out with a disabled attribute (to turn off client-side behavior). When the form is submitted, the bound value is evaluated again and, if true, the field's value is ignored (not even validated) and the component's events are not fired.booleanfalseprop
labelThe user presentable label for the field. If not provided, a reasonable label is generated from the component's id, first by looking for a message key named "id-label" (substituting the component's actual id), then by converting the actual id to a presentable string (for example, "userId" to "User Id").Stringliteral
nullsDefines how nulls on the server side, or sent from the client side, are treated. The selected strategy may replace the nulls with some other value. The default strategy leaves nulls alone. Another built-in strategy, zero, replaces nulls with the value
translateThe object which will perform translation between server-side and client-side representations. If not specified, a value will usually be generated based on the type of the value, Not Nulltranslate
typeSets the type attribute of the element. The default is "text", but this can be overriden when using HTML5 types such as "number".StringNot Nulltextliteral
validateThe object that will perform input validation (which occurs after translation). The validate binding prefix is generally used to provide this object in a declarative
valueThe value to be read and updated. This is not necessarily a string, a translator may be provided to convert between client side and server side representations. If not bound, a default binding is made to a property of the container matching the component's id. If no such property exists, then you will see a runtime exception due to the unbound value parameter.ObjectRequiredprop


Related Components:

Once again, we're basing the example on the order payment screen from the Radio examples. This time we're focusing in on the text field used for entering the credit card number, and we're going to validate that number using a regular expression:

Payment.tml (partial)

            <t:label for="cardNumber"/>:
            <t:textfield t:id="cardNumber"  validate="required,regexp" size="20"/>

The validate parameter is used to specify validations for the field. When it is omitted, the @Validate annotation of the property is used (if present). In any case, this references two of the built-in validations: "required" and "regexp".

This example presumes that the Payment page includes a property named "cardNumber".

The "required" validation requires no extra configuration. On the other hand, "regexp" needs to know the regular expression to enforce ... and it should also have a user presentable message. (partial)

cardnumber-regexp-message=Credit Card numbers consist of 16 digits

Tapestry uses the page's message catalog as a source of extra validation information. The key is the component id, the name of the validation. The value is given to the validator object ... here it's the regular expression for a credit card number (four sets of four digits, optionally seperated by dashes). The "-message" entry allows the normal error message for the validator to be overridden.


These same approaches apply consistently to all form control element components.

Constructor Summary
Method Summary
protected  void writeFieldTag(MarkupWriter writer, String value)
          Invoked from AbstractTextField.begin(MarkupWriter) to write out the element and attributes (typically, <input>).
Methods inherited from class org.apache.tapestry5.corelib.base.AbstractTextField
getWidth, ignoreBlankInput, isRequired, processSubmission
Methods inherited from class org.apache.tapestry5.corelib.base.AbstractField
decorateInsideField, getClientId, getControlName, getLabel, isDisabled, putPropertyNameIntoBeanValidationContext, removePropertyNameFromBeanValidationContext, setDecorator, setFormSupport
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait

Constructor Detail


public TextField()
Method Detail


protected void writeFieldTag(MarkupWriter writer,
                             String value)
Description copied from class: AbstractTextField
Invoked from AbstractTextField.begin(MarkupWriter) to write out the element and attributes (typically, <input>). The controlName and clientId properties will already have been set or updated.

Generally, the subclass will invoke MarkupWriter.element(String, Object[]), and will be responsible for including an AfterRender phase method to invoke MarkupWriter.end().

Specified by:
writeFieldTag in class AbstractTextField
writer - markup write to send output to
value - the value (either obtained and translated from the value parameter, or obtained from the tracker)

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