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From "Bernd Bohmann (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (MYFACES-3525) javax.faces.INTERPRET_EMPTY_STRING_SUBMITTED_VALUES_AS_NULL value affects display behavior for required fields
Date Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:55:01 GMT


Bernd Bohmann commented on MYFACES-3525:

I will not apply exactly the patch because I should cleanup the code as well. But the patch
shows the idea behind it

> javax.faces.INTERPRET_EMPTY_STRING_SUBMITTED_VALUES_AS_NULL value affects display behavior
for required fields
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: MYFACES-3525
>                 URL:
>             Project: MyFaces Core
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 2.0.12
>            Reporter: VS
>            Assignee: Bill Lucy
>             Fix For: 2.0.25-SNAPSHOT, 2.1.19-SNAPSHOT, 2.2.13-SNAPSHOT
>         Attachments: MYFACES-3525.patch, MYFACES-3525-setsubmittedValueagain.patch
> Inconsistent behavior for required field validation when javax.faces.INTERPRET_EMPTY_STRING_SUBMITTED_VALUES_AS_NULL
is set to true versus false
> To observe behavior:
> 1. Set javax.faces.INTERPRET_EMPTY_STRING_SUBMITTED_VALUES_AS_NULL to true in web.xml
> 2. Create JSF Page:
> <h:form>
> <h:messages showSummary="true"/>
> <h:inputText value="#{page1Controller.firstName}"
> required="true"
> requiredMessage="You must enter a first name"/>
> <h:commandButton value="Submit"/>
> </h:form>
> 3. Create Managed Bean:
> @ManagedBean
> public class Page1Controller
> {
> public String getFirstName()
> { return "Default Value"; }
> public void setFirstName(String value)
> { // no-op (for example purposes only) }
> 4. Load JSF page, blank out value in the input field and click Submit
> 5. Error message is displayed, however the value in the input field (which you formerly
blanked out) is now reset back to its original value.
> 6. Change the javax.faces.INTERPRET_EMPTY_STRING_SUBMITTED_VALUES_AS_NULL setting to
false and re-run the test.
> 7. Note that the value in the input field remains blank.
> Behavior is inconsistent and should be fixed (javax.faces.INTERPRET_EMPTY_STRING_SUBMITTED_VALUES_AS_NULL
setting of true or false should not result in inconsistent behavior with required fields)
> ----
> To state in a different way:
for a required field that had previously been populated by the model, submit the form, you
will see the OLD data from the model in the field. However, if that field had had a format
validation applied to it and the user submits the form with a format validation error, the
OLD data is NOT shown in the field (instead, the submitted/invalid data is shown). The same
should happen for required field validation errors. The field should show the "blank" data
and not the original model data. In order to get the correct behavior, the developer has to
currently set INTERPRET_EMPTY_STRING_SUBMITTED_VALUES_AS_NULL to false. But they should not
have to do this... whether INTERPRET_EMPTY_STRING_SUBMITTED_VALUES_AS_NULL is true or false,
the behavior of showing the blank field that the user submitted should be the same.

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