[REVIEW REQUEST] Committing ComboBox text input to the value property on focus loss

Richard Bair richard.bair at oracle.com
Wed May 23 15:51:12 PDT 2012

OK, so:

User types invalid input, hits enter. What happens?
User types invalid input, tabs out. What happens?


On May 23, 2012, at 2:54 PM, Jonathan Giles wrote:

> Hi all,
> The jira issue for the runtime bug is here: http://javafx-jira.kenai.com/browse/RT-21454
> The jira issue for Scene Builder is here: http://javafx-jira.kenai.com/browse/DTL-4415
> I'm hoping to make a slight behavioural change to ComboBox in 2.2 so that it acts in a more useful manner. Currently, in an editable ComboBox, the value property is only set when the user presses Enter. What RT-21454 asks for is that the value property also be updated when focus is lost.
> If we don't make this change, the form developer has to consider either forcing an event to commit the value, or getting the ComboBox editor (which is new API in 2.2), and retrieve the text out of there. Of course, this will burn every developer until they test their form and realise the value property is not set.
> Therefore, I would like to make a small change to ComboBox such that whatever the user has typed when focus is lost becomes the new ComboBox value (assuming it is legal input to the StringConverter). There is a patch attached to the runtime jira above which makes this change, but does not change any API: this is purely a behavioural change to make ComboBox more useful.
> Thanks,
> Jonathan

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