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From Ashima Beri <>
Subject Re: reset problem for a dynavalidator form
Date Sat, 02 Feb 2008 19:42:25 GMT

Thanks Laurie...
This helps!
Ill go the secod way.

Laurie Harper wrote:
> On a normal form submit to an action with validation, if validation 
> fails, the request is forwarded to the input result and execute() is 
> bypassed, yes. So, you have two options:
> 1) as Dave reiterated, you can put your form reset logic in validate(); 
> have your validate method detect the when the reset submit button was 
> pressed and, if so, clear the form.
> 2) use a 'cancel' button as the reset submit. A cancel button will (if 
> you configure the action appropriately) bypass validation and call 
> directly into your execute() method.
> For my money, option 2 is the better approach, since cluttering 
> validate() with non-validation concerns smells a bit... :p)
> L.
> Ashima Beri wrote:
>> Hi Laurie,
>> Thanks for the quick reply.
>> I want to reset the form fields after hitting a reset button.
>> When I thought of going about it through the Action class way and tried
>> to
>> clear out my form fields , strangely i noticed that the Action class's
>> execute method is never called if there are still certain validations
>> failing. 
>> I read in struts flow explanation that Action class is only called if the
>> validations are passed through.
>> I dont know what other way to adopt.
>> Any suggestions?
>> Thanks
>> Ashima Beri
>> Laurie Harper wrote:
>>> Ashima Beri wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I am trying to reset a validator form after the form is submitted and a
>>>> few
>>>> of the validations have failed.
>>>> Reset button used in the form clears out fields changed only since the
>>>> time
>>>> the form is loaded. That is it does just the client side reset. One way
>>>> that
>>>> i figured out was to submit the form back to the jsp so that the jsp
>>>> reloads
>>>> with all the form field reinitialized.
>>>> Is there some other method of clearing out the form fields after it has
>>>> failed the validations defined in validation.xml?
>>>> Thanks in advance for all the valuable suggestions!
>>>> Ashima Beri
>>> Do you want to clear out the form fields before redisplaying the form 
>>> after a validation error, or just allow the user to request a reset 
>>> after the form is redisplayed?
>>> Usually you would want to retain the data the user input after a 
>>> validation failure, so they can correct mistakes without having to fill 
>>> the entire form in again. If you really want to reset the form to its 
>>> starting state before redisplaying, discarding the user's input, then 
>>> you would need to do that in your validate() method (remember, if you 
>>> don't already have a validate() method, that when you add one it needs 
>>> to call super.validate() to trigger the XML-based validation).
>>> If you just want to provide a button the user can click to reset the 
>>> form, a 'submit' button and round trip through your action is the 
>>> correct way to do so. As you've realized, a 'reset' button just tells 
>>> the browser to restore the input values it received the last time the 
>>> form was loaded.
>>> L.
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