4 Replies Latest reply on Sep 14, 2010 9:02 AM by Harut Sargsyan

    Submitting values of conditionally rendered inputfields

    Jens Mander Newbie



      I'd like to show some fields of my form only in specific situations. It depends on the selected values of a combobox. To set up the conditional behavior of the inputtext-element I use the rendered-attribute and to reRender the inputtext-element I specified a a4j:support-element within the combobox which invokes the rerender process if the combobox changes it's values. The problem is that if I do it like that page never transfers the values of the inputtext into the defined BackingBean attribute or in other words the setInputtext method will never be invoked.


      Take a look at this JSF-Code



      <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
      <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"
      <ui:composition template="/templates/popup.xhtml">
          <ui:define name="pageTitle">Test</ui:define>
          <ui:define name="pageHeader">Testform</ui:define>
          <ui:define name="body">
              <h:form id="frmTest">
                  <h:panelGrid columns="2">
                      <h:outputLabel value="Choice" />
                      <rich:comboBox value="#{testBean.value}">
                          <f:selectItems value="#{testBean.values}" />
                          <a4j:support event="onchange" reRender="frmTest" />
                      <h:outputLabel for="txtInput" value="Inputtext" />
                      <h:inputText id="txtInput" value="#{testBean.inputText}" rendered="#{testBean.visible}"/>
                      <h:commandButton value="Submit" />


      The backing bean is set to request scope and looks like that



      package de.hd.kiwi.backingBean;
      import java.util.ArrayList;
      import java.util.List;
      import javax.faces.model.SelectItem;
      public class TestBean {
          private String choice;
          private String inputText;
          public boolean isVisible() {
              return choice != null && (choice.equals("Choice 2") || choice.equals("Choice 4"));
          public List<SelectItem> getValues() {
              List<SelectItem> res = new ArrayList<SelectItem>();
              for (int i =0; i< 5;++i) {
                  res.add(new SelectItem("Choice " + i));
              return res;
          public void setValue(String s) {
              choice = s;
          public String getValue() {
              return choice;
          public String getInputText() {
              return inputText;
          public void setInputText(String input) {
              System.out.println("Inputtext: " + input);
              this.inputText = input;


      May anybody tell me why this problems occures? The submit-button should invoke all the setters of the BackingBean I guess so why it doesn't? Is there a missmatch of the client and server-side? I hope somebody can tell me how to fix it. Thanks a lot.