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From "Adam Zimowski (JIRA)" <...@tapestry.apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (TAPESTRY-2119) A new <t:error ../> tag should compliment existing <t:errors/> so that individual form error messages can be customized.
Date Mon, 04 Feb 2008 11:41:07 GMT
A new <t:error ../> tag should compliment existing <t:errors/> so that individual
form error messages can be customized.

                 Key: TAPESTRY-2119
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/TAPESTRY-2119
             Project: Tapestry
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: Core Components
    Affects Versions: 5.0.9
            Reporter: Adam Zimowski
             Fix For: 5.0.10

There shold be an easy way to use "normal text" as replacement for the popup bubbles, as we
have the need to build our WebApps conforming to WAI (Web Accessibility Initiative). Tapestry
provides <t:errors/> core component to display all form errors at once, but there is
currently no easy way to control individual error messages. Following current design, an "intuitive"
way for end user would be to look for <t:error/> tag but there is no such tag.

Here is a draft of a proposed solution. The <t:errorMsg/> tag allows to control individual
form error messages and can be placed inside or outside of a form effectively allowing end
user to place form error anywhere on a page as plain text. This code should probably be enhanced
to also allow control of individual fields: yes/no red X for icon next to a field, yes/no
for automatic styling of field on error, etc.

This component takes two arguments, a literal string denoting field
for which error should be rendered, and form to which field is bound.
The form must be accessible via getter from the page class.

import org.apache.tapestry.Field;
import org.apache.tapestry.MarkupWriter;
import org.apache.tapestry.ValidationTracker;
import org.apache.tapestry.annotations.BeginRender;
import org.apache.tapestry.annotations.Parameter;
import org.apache.tapestry.corelib.components.Form;

public class ErrorMsg {

       private String _fieldName;

       private Form _form;

       public void setFieldName(String aFieldName) {
               _fieldName = aFieldName;

   void renderMessage(MarkupWriter writer)
               Field f = new Field() {
                       public String getElementName() { return _fieldName; }
                       public String getLabel() { return null; }
                       public boolean isDisabled() { return false; }
                       public String getClientId() { return _fieldName; }

               ValidationTracker tracker = _form.getDefaultTracker();
               String err = tracker.getError(f);


       public void setForm(Form aForm) {
               _form = aForm;

      /* also foo/bar setters here */

To display individual error messages simply place <t:errorMsg ../>
anywhere on the page. It will render the error if there is one for a

<t:layout xmlns:t="http://tapestry.apache.org/schema/tapestry_5_0_0.xsd">

<strong><t:errorMsg fieldName="literal:foo" form="form"/></strong>

<t:form t:id="myform">
User Name:
       <input type="text" t:type="textfield" t:id="bar" t:value="bar"
       <input type="text" t:type="textfield" t:id="foo" t:value="foo"
       <input type="submit" t:type="submit" t:id="submitButton" value="Submit"/>
       <t:errorMsg fieldName="literal:bar" form="form"/><br/>
       <!-- you can even display same error twice :) -->
       <t:errorMsg fieldName="literal:bar" form="form"/>


Page Class:

public class Start {

       private String _foo;

       private String _bar;

       private Form _form;

       public Form getForm() {
               return _form;

       public String getBar() {
               return _bar;

       public String getFoo() {
               return _foo;

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