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From Patrick Kelly <>
Subject datetimepicker used in conjunction with theme=simple form
Date Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:03:04 GMT
Hi, I am head butting a virtual brick wall trying to get the 
datetimepicker dojo widget to work with a theme=simple form.

I am in the middle of upgrading a webwork app to struts2 The 
good news is that datetimepicker works just like I would expect it in 
hundreds of places across the migrated application but only if the form 
is theme=xhtml. However if the form is simple (which it is in this 
case), then what used to work "auto magically" in webwork seems a little 
more troublesome in struts 2. There is some critical step I am missing 
but am yet to figure it out.

This is what I am doing. The page uses an iterator to populate a list 
(of invoice items under an invoice) and then allows the user to edit any 
item in the list by clicking an "Edit" link that appears for each item 
in the list.

The <td> cell for the "Edit" link looks like:

<td class="evenRow">
<a <%=linkmouseover%> href="javascript:editInvoiceItem('<s:property 
value="id"/>', '<s:property escape="false" value="providerHtml"/>', 
'<s:property value="createDate"/>', '<s:property value="serviceCode"/>', 
'<s:property escape="false" value="serviceDescriptionHtml"/>', 
'<s:property value="units"/>', '<s:property value="cost"/>', 
'<s:property value="gstApplies"/>', '<s:property 

And the javascript editInvoiceItem that gets called looks like:

function editInvoiceItem(id, provider, createDate, serviceCode, 
serviceDescription, units, cost, gstApplies, taxInclusive) {
     document.getElementById("invItemId").value = id;
     document.getElementById("provider").value = provider;
     document.getElementById("createDate").value = createDate;
     document.getElementById("code").value = serviceCode;
     document.getElementById("desc").value = serviceDescription;
     document.getElementById("units").value = units;
     document.getElementById("cost").value = cost;
     document.getElementById("gstApplies").value = gstApplies;
     document.getElementById("taxInclusive").value = taxInclusive;

And the theme=simple form that is auto populated when the user clicks 
"Edit" looks like...

<s:form theme="simple" id="itemAdd" name="itemAdd" action="invoice" 
   <s:hidden name="cmd" value="addItem" />
   <s:hidden name="objType" />
   <s:hidden name="objId" />
   <s:hidden name="model" />
   <s:hidden name="invId" value="%{}" />
   <s:hidden name="invoice.thirdPartyName" />
   <s:hidden name="invoice.thirdPartyAddress" />
   <s:hidden name="" id="invItemId"/>
   <s:hidden name="invoiceItem.provider" id="provider" value="addItem"/>
   <s:hidden name="role" />
   <td class="evenRow"><sx:datetimepicker id="createDate" 
displayFormat="%{getText('dateFormat')}" name="invoiceItem.createDate" 
   <td class="evenRow"><s:select id="code" emptyOption="true" 
name="invoiceItem.serviceCode" list="invoiceCodes"/></td>
   <td class="evenRow"><s:textfield id="desc" size="20" 
   <td class="evenRow"><s:textfield onchange="calculateLineItem()" 
id="units" size="4" name="invoiceItem.units"/></td>
   <td class="evenRow"><s:textfield onchange="calculateLineItem()" 
id="cost" size="6" name="invoiceItem.cost"/></td>
   <td class="evenRow"><s:textfield id="gst" size="4" readonly="true" 
   <td class="evenRow"><s:textfield id="total" size="6" readonly="true" 
   <td class="evenRow"><s:select onchange="calculateLineItem()" 
name="invoiceItem.gstApplies" id="gstApplies"
                 list="#{'Yes':'Yes', 'No':'No'}"/></td>
   <td class="evenRow"><s:select onchange="calculateLineItem()" 
name="invoiceItem.taxInclusive" id="taxInclusive"
                 list="#{'No':'No', 'Yes':'Yes'}"/></td>
   <td class="evenRow">&nbsp;</td>
   <td class="evenRow"><s:submit theme="simple" align="left" 
value="Save" /></td>

There are 2 problems:
- the field "createDate" is not populated when the user clicks the 
"Edit" link (while all the other non-date fields referenced in the 
javascript are)
- and if I manually enter a new date via the datetimepicker widget and 
click a button to save the updated invoice item data, then I get a 
validation error saying the "createDate" field is missing

So it looks like there is some extra getter/setter logic that is 
required for a datetimepicker in theme=simple mode that is needed for 
any of the other non-date fields and wasn't needed in webwork (probably 
because it used a different date widget).

Here's hoping someone can point me in the right direction.

Regards - Patrick

Patrick Kelly


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