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From Christopher Schultz <>
Subject Re: [validator] Possible to configure multiple error messages for a single validator?
Date Tue, 05 Oct 2010 18:27:25 GMT
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Wow, nothing? :(

Usually Niall will at least tell me that nobody cares :)

- -chris

On 10/1/2010 11:29 AM, Christopher Schultz wrote:
> All,
> Any suggestions? I've even considered using a multi-valued "msg" using a
> comma as a separator for the two. Something like this:
> msg="errors.xhtml.syntax,"
> Does anyone have any better ideas?
> Thanks,
> -chris
> On 9/29/2010 2:09 PM, Christopher Schultz wrote:
>> All,
>> I've been happily using commons-validator 1.3.1 with Struts 1.3 for some
>> years, now, and I've recently developed my own custom validator that
>> checks for XHTML syntactic validity. Technically, it checks for XHTML
>> validity only when the input looks like this: "<html>....</html>":
>> everything else validates successfully with no actual XHTML syntax check.
>> Recently, it became clear that users were sometimes forgetting the
>> "</html>" at the end of the input. This caused two problems: first, the
>> input wasn't being validated as XHTML, and second, when the data was
>> then displayed in a web page, it was escaped instead of being rendered
>> as actual HTML.
>> My first instinct was to add a "mask" validator that checked for an
>> appropriate pattern (that is, "<html>" up front with no trailing
>> "</html>"). I implemented that and it works quite well. Then, it
>> occurred to me that I might want some other pattern for some reason for
>> those fields, and that the correct place for that check ought to be in
>> the XHTML validator itself.
>> So I started moving the check described above into my custom validator.
>> Everything was fine until I had to render the error message. Since I'm
>> doing essentially two checks (one for <html> and matching </html>, and
>> second for actually checking the XHTML syntax), I need two distinct
>> error messages. The configuration for a validator only allows one single
>> "msg" attribute as shown in my configuration below:
>>       <validator name="possibleXhtml"
>>             classname="....PossibleXhtmlValidator"
>>                method="validatePossibleXhtml"
>>          methodParams="java.lang.Object,
>>                        org.apache.commons.validator.ValidatorAction,
>>                        org.apache.commons.validator.Field,
>>                        org.apache.struts.action.ActionMessages,
>>                        org.apache.commons.validator.Validator,
>>                        javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest"
>>               depends=""
>>                   msg="errors.xhtml" />
>> I could simply hard-code the error message key into the validator, but
>> that seems less maintainable than I'd like it to be. Is it possible to
>> provide more than one error message key to a validator like this?
>> Other options for me include creating a custom validator that does
>> nothing but check for the <html>...</html> that won't interfere with,
>> say, the "mask" validator.
>> It still seems to me that my goal ought to be a single validator that is
>> basically self-contained, rather than having two validators that
>> essentially /must/ be used together.
>> Does anyone have any suggestions?
>> Thanks,
>> -chris
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