Class JFormattedTextField.AbstractFormatter

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public abstract static class JFormattedTextField.AbstractFormatter extends Object implements Serializable
Instances of AbstractFormatter are used by JFormattedTextField to handle the conversion both from an Object to a String, and back from a String to an Object. AbstractFormatters can also enforce editing policies, or navigation policies, or manipulate the JFormattedTextField in any way it sees fit to enforce the desired policy.

An AbstractFormatter can only be active in one JFormattedTextField at a time. JFormattedTextField invokes install when it is ready to use it followed by uninstall when done. Subclasses that wish to install additional state should override install and message super appropriately.

Subclasses must override the conversion methods stringToValue and valueToString. Optionally they can override getActions, getNavigationFilter and getDocumentFilter to restrict the JFormattedTextField in a particular way.

Subclasses that allow the JFormattedTextField to be in a temporarily invalid state should invoke setEditValid at the appropriate times.

  • Constructor Details

    • AbstractFormatter

      protected AbstractFormatter()
      Constructor for subclasses to call.
  • Method Details

    • install

      public void install(JFormattedTextField ftf)
      Installs the AbstractFormatter onto a particular JFormattedTextField. This will invoke valueToString to convert the current value from the JFormattedTextField to a String. This will then install the Actions from getActions, the DocumentFilter returned from getDocumentFilter and the NavigationFilter returned from getNavigationFilter onto the JFormattedTextField.

      Subclasses will typically only need to override this if they wish to install additional listeners on the JFormattedTextField.

      If there is a ParseException in converting the current value to a String, this will set the text to an empty String, and mark the JFormattedTextField as being in an invalid state.

      While this is a public method, this is typically only useful for subclassers of JFormattedTextField. JFormattedTextField will invoke this method at the appropriate times when the value changes, or its internal state changes. You will only need to invoke this yourself if you are subclassing JFormattedTextField and installing/uninstalling AbstractFormatter at a different time than JFormattedTextField does.

      ftf - JFormattedTextField to format for, may be null indicating uninstall from current JFormattedTextField.
    • uninstall

      public void uninstall()
      Uninstalls any state the AbstractFormatter may have installed on the JFormattedTextField. This resets the DocumentFilter, NavigationFilter and additional Actions installed on the JFormattedTextField.
    • stringToValue

      public abstract Object stringToValue(String text) throws ParseException
      Parses text returning an arbitrary Object. Some formatters may return null.
      text - String to convert
      Object representation of text
      ParseException - if there is an error in the conversion
    • valueToString

      public abstract String valueToString(Object value) throws ParseException
      Returns the string value to display for value.
      value - Value to convert
      String representation of value
      ParseException - if there is an error in the conversion
    • getFormattedTextField

      protected JFormattedTextField getFormattedTextField()
      Returns the current JFormattedTextField the AbstractFormatter is installed on.
      JFormattedTextField formatting for.
    • invalidEdit

      protected void invalidEdit()
      This should be invoked when the user types an invalid character. This forwards the call to the current JFormattedTextField.
    • setEditValid

      protected void setEditValid(boolean valid)
      Invoke this to update the editValid property of the JFormattedTextField. If you an enforce a policy such that the JFormattedTextField is always in a valid state, you will never need to invoke this.
      valid - Valid state of the JFormattedTextField
    • getActions

      protected Action[] getActions()
      Subclass and override if you wish to provide a custom set of Actions. install will install these on the JFormattedTextField's ActionMap.
      Array of Actions to install on JFormattedTextField
    • getDocumentFilter

      protected DocumentFilter getDocumentFilter()
      Subclass and override if you wish to provide a DocumentFilter to restrict what can be input. install will install the returned value onto the JFormattedTextField.
      Implementation Requirements:
      The default implementation returns null.
      DocumentFilter to restrict edits
    • getNavigationFilter

      protected NavigationFilter getNavigationFilter()
      Subclass and override if you wish to provide a filter to restrict where the user can navigate to. install will install the returned value onto the JFormattedTextField.
      Implementation Requirements:
      The default implementation returns null.
      NavigationFilter to restrict navigation
    • clone

      protected Object clone() throws CloneNotSupportedException
      Clones the AbstractFormatter. The returned instance is not associated with a JFormattedTextField.
      clone in class Object
      Copy of the AbstractFormatter
      CloneNotSupportedException - if the object's class does not support the Cloneable interface. Subclasses that override the clone method can also throw this exception to indicate that an instance cannot be cloned.
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