Opened 10 years ago

Closed 9 years ago

#20931 closed Bug (fixed)

RadioSelect, RadioSelectMultiple, CheckBoxSelect, CheckBoxSelectMultiple do not render nested option sets correctly

Reported by: Dylan Verheul Owned by: Christopher Babiak
Component: Forms Version: dev
Severity: Normal Keywords: choices
Cc: Carl Meyer Triage Stage: Accepted
Has patch: no Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


The Select widget is the default widget to handle fields that make use of choices. These are commonly rendered as a HTML select, as implemented for django.forms.widgets.Select.

Sometimes a series of radio buttons or checkboxes is a better fir for the UI. Django supports this by implementing widgets that can stand in for Select. These are RadioSelect, RadioSelectMultiple, CheckBoxSelect, CheckBoxSelectMultiple.

The choices to render are implemented as a n iterable of 2-tuples as documented here:

As stated in the documentation, choices can be grouped for organizational purposes. The example given:

    ('Audio', (
            ('vinyl', 'Vinyl'),
            ('cd', 'CD'),
    ('Video', (
            ('vhs', 'VHS Tape'),
            ('dvd', 'DVD'),
    ('unknown', 'Unknown'),

When using a Select or SelectMultiple widget, these groups are rendered as HTML optgroup elements. This is correct.

When using any of the other widgets mentioned, the organizational groups are not taken into account when rendering the widget. Instead, the entire group is forced to text without escaping, resulting in a single widget for each group, with the text representation of the list as its label (newlines and spaces added for better readability):

<label for="id_category3_0">
    <input id="id_category3_0" name="category3" placeholder="Category3" title="" type="radio" value="Audio" />
    ((&#39;vinyl&#39;, &#39;Vinyl&#39;), (&#39;cd&#39;, &#39;CD&#39;))

The solution for this would be take have the renders of these widgets mimic the behavior of Select.render_options, but instead of optgroup an extra level of ul would have to be generated. In pseudo-HTML, for the given example:

                <li>(input element for vinyl</li>
                <li>(input element for CD</li>

Change History (7)

comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by Claude Paroz

Triage Stage: UnreviewedAccepted
Version: 1.5master

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by Carl Meyer

Cc: Carl Meyer added

comment:3 Changed 10 years ago by Christopher Babiak

Owner: changed from nobody to anonymous
Status: newassigned

comment:4 Changed 10 years ago by Christopher Babiak

Owner: changed from anonymous to Christopher Babiak

comment:5 Changed 10 years ago by Christopher Babiak

Cannot find a "RadioSelectMultiple" or "CheckBoxSelect" widget anywhere in Django. Keeping RadioSelect & CheckboxSelectMultiple, but ignoring those two.

comment:6 Changed 9 years ago by Christopher Babiak

comment:7 Changed 9 years ago by Julien Phalip <jphalip@…>

Resolution: fixed
Status: assignedclosed

In a834bc84d8c76d4a7016ac4db4f631a8bcaa3d0b:

Fixed #20931 -- Fixed select widgets nested choice rendering

ChoiceFieldRenderer was not rendering nested choices. Added recursion
to ChoiceFieldRenderer to take nested choices and render them as

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