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June 7, 2009

ComboBox ClientSide onChange Event

Filed under: Ajax Control Toolkit,ASP.NET,C#,Client Side — Tags: , , , , , , — Hanan Schwartzberg @ 4:57 pm

The Issue

The comboBox has a couple of server side events to deal with field changing.

  • OnSelectedIndexChanged
  • OnTextChanged

How can we catch the comboBox changing on the client side?

The Solution

Without access to these function on the client side, we need to use the client side events of the textBox that is contained within the comboBox. As with any textBox this one also has the onChange event, but the event does not run when the text was changed and the focus moved to another field. There are a few options:

  • onKeyPress
  • onKeyUp
  • onBlur

The problem with onKeyPress is when it gets to the javascript function the value of the textBox is has not changed yet, leaving onKeyUp and onBlur. While onKeyUp will give the desired effect when the user presses a key on the keyboard, part of the point of a comboBox is the ability to use the mouse, which will not be captured by this event, leaving onBlur as the remaining option. It’s still not perfect, since the event won’t run until the focus is moved off the comboBox, but it appears to be the best option. In some cases you may want to use both onKeyUp and onBlur to get the best of both events, but be careful because when the user uses the keyboard and the moves the focus your event will run twice.

In the example below I have a comboBox named cmbExample and a javascript function that accepts the textBox calling it as a parameter, cmbExample_OnBlur(textBox). I add the onBlur event to the textBox in the Page_Load method in the code behind.

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    TextBox textBox = cmbExample.FindControl("TextBox") as TextBox;
    if (textBox != null)
        textBox.Attributes.Add("onBlur", "cmbExample_OnBlur(this);");

June 3, 2009

AjaxControlToolkit ComboBox “Invalid argument.”

Filed under: Ajax Control Toolkit,ASP.NET,Client Side — Tags: , , , , , — Hanan Schwartzberg @ 12:03 pm

The Control

Microsoft recently released version 3.0.30512 of the AjaxControlTookit, available here. One of the new controls is the ComboBox, which “provides a DropDownList of items, combined with TextBox.”

The Issue

Placing the ComboBox in a container that has the style attribute “display: none;” throws the error “Invalid argument.” This is true if the container is a panel with the attribute set explicitly, or a different container such as a TabPanel that implicitly has the display attribute set to none when it is not shown.


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