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From Bruce Atherton <>
Subject Re: Integer formatting
Date Wed, 09 Nov 2005 18:26:59 GMT
Bruno Dumon wrote:

>><fd:datatype base="integer" >
>><fd:convertor type="plain" variant="integer" />
>the variant attribute here has no purpose, the plain convertor does not
>need any further configuration. The variant attribute is specific to the
>formatting convertor. Again, does no harm if it is there (but can
I suspected it didn't, but those snippets I posted came from the end of 
a whole lot of testing, trying all the variations I could think of.

>>Is this expected, or is it a bug? What is the recommended
>>for this?
>This is expected behaviour. The type of the objects in the selection
>list should match the datatype of the widget. The only reason you got so
>far is that the plain integer convertor doesn't try to cast the object
>to an Integer (nor does the flow jxpath selection list implementation
>check the type of the objects in the list). So yes, you need to use the
>java types.
Ahh, thanks for that answer. It clears things up for me.

Perhaps I might suggest a change to the forms documentation to explain 
that cocoon forms expect java variables, not javascript ones. I suspect 
it is common to use flowscript and forms together, and unless you are 
aware that you need to be vigilant to avoid it, putting javascript 
variables into the form data could easily occur with unexpected results. 
The fact that they "mostly" work just makes it more confusing when they 

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