Opened 17 years ago

Closed 17 years ago

Last modified 17 years ago

#4284 closed (wontfix)

forms containing MultiWidgets cannot be reconstructed with clean_data

Reported by: jfindlay@… Owned by: nobody
Component: Forms Version: dev
Severity: Keywords: MultiValueField MultiWidget clean_data decompress
Cc: Triage Stage: Unreviewed
Has patch: no Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


This seems to be a design issue that may not be easy to resolve, but there is no easy way to reconstruct a MultiValueField with its own clean data. Whereas a normal field will accept data from clean_data, a MultiValueField expects it to be 'decompressed' first.

>>> from datetime import *
>>> from django.newforms import *
>>> class MonthYearWidget(MultiWidget):
...   def __init__(self,months=(),years=(),attrs=None):
...     widgets = (Select(choices=months),Select(choices=years))
...     super(MonthYearWidget,self).__init__(widgets,attrs)
...   def decompress(self,value):
...     if value:
...       return value.split('/')
...     return ['', '']
>>> class MonthYearField(MultiValueField):
...   def __init__(self,months=(),years=(),required=True,widget=None,label=None,initial=None):
...     fields = (ChoiceField(choices=months),ChoiceField(choices=years))
...     widget = MonthYearWidget(months=months,years=years)
...     super(MonthYearField,self).__init__(fields,required,widget,label,initial)
...   def compress(self,data_list):
...     if data_list:
...       return '/'.join(data_list)
...     return None
>>> month_list = [x + 1 for x in xrange(12)]
>>> months = [(m,m) for m in month_list]
>>> year_list = [( + timedelta(days=366)*x).strftime("%Y") for x in xrange(10)]
>>> years = [(y,y) for y in year_list]
>>> class PaymentForm(Form):
...   ccn = RegexField('^\d{4}[ .-]?\d{4}[ .-]?\d{4}[ .-]?\d{4}$',widget=TextInput(attrs={'maxlength':19,'size':19}))
...   exp_date = MonthYearField(months=months,years=years)
>>> POST = {'ccn':'1234 5678 9012 3456','exp_date_0':'5','exp_date_1':'2007'}
>>> pf = PaymentForm(POST)
>>> pf.is_valid()
>>> pf.clean_data
{'ccn': u'1234 5678 9012 3456', 'exp_date': u'5/2007'}
>>> pf1 = PaymentForm(pf.clean_data)
>>> pf1.is_valid()
>>> pf1.errors
{'exp_date': [u'This field is required.']}

Change History (2)

comment:1 by Chris Beaven, 17 years ago

Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

I don't think there's anywhere that says cleaned_data can be used to reconstruct another form.

If you wanted to do this, why wouldn't you just use data (in this case POST) again?

comment:2 by dballanc@…, 17 years ago

I realize this is a won't fix issue, but since I just ran into the same problem I wanted to comment anyway. As for why you wouldn't just use the data from POST again... maybe it wasn't posted! My need was to repopulate a stored-settings form based on values stored in the database. I could have used initial, but I wanted to trigger validation on the old data in case the previous settings were no longer valid. It made sense to me anyway, and I was surprised it wasn't default behavior.

I did find a workaround by overriding the widgets value_from_datadict method to decompress the value if it exists in 'compressed' form. Something like this:

class MonthYearWidget(MultiWidget):
    def value_from_datadict(self,data,name):
        raw_val = data.get(name,None)
        if raw_val:
            value = super(MonthYearWidget,self).value_from_datadict(data,name)
        return value  
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