Fixing the CFFORM Mask/Scroll problem

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Dave asks:

I have a question regardingmasks.

I'm usingwhich includes a few phone number entry fields. I'm applying a mask of "999-999-9999" (since it's all US phone numbers). The resulting HTML includes a CF generated script that focuses the cursor on any fields that contain a mask in order to apply it to the initial value.

Is there a way to disable this but retain the mask? My client is saying that the page "jumps" to the phone number fields instead of loading at the top of the page.
I wasn't quite sure what Dave meant, but I saw it quickly enough when I whipped up this demo: <h1>Ray</h1> <cfoutput>#repeatString("<br/>",120)#</cfoutput>

<cfform name="form"> Telephone: <cfinput type="text" name="tel" mask="999-999-9999"> </cfform>

So this is a bit contrived, but it definitely shows the issue. On load, you will be scrolled down to the telephone. When I viewed source I could see the focus() calls added by CFFORM. From what I saw, if I were to have multiple fields with masks, I would probably end up at the lowest possible form field.

My fix was simple - and it seemed to work ok. I simply ran code on page load to scroll back to the top:

<html> <head> <script> function init() { window.scrollTo(0,0) } </script> </head>

<body onload="init()"> <h1>Ray</h1> <cfoutput>#repeatString("<br/>",120)#</cfoutput>

<cfform name="form"> Telephone: <cfinput type="text" name="tel" mask="999-999-9999"> </cfform>

</body> </html>

I thought this would result in a 'jump' effect, but it seemed to just load and stay on top for me (FireFox 3.5).

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Nick posted on 11/3/2009 at 5:52 AM

In IE 7 Ray shows up at the top of the screen, and the Telephone is a LONG way below the fold. the page Does not jump with the init() fix

Comment 2 by Sean Coyne posted on 11/3/2009 at 6:17 PM

I have run into this in the past and fixed it by adding a script block with the scroll call at the bottom of the page. It has fixed it for me.

Comment 3 by Les Schmidt posted on 12/13/2009 at 11:51 AM

Within a cfwindow, I can't get this suggestion to work.

I use the coldfusion.navigate() and to pop open a modal window when the user doubleclicks on a gridrow. The form comes up fine, but the focus is set to the fourth cfinput field in the window ... it's the only one that has a mask. I've tried the code suggested above in my code for the window (a separate .cfm template from the .cfm template that contains the grid). I've tried the <script> block at the top and at the bottom. I've tried the "onload" piece in the <body> tag and in the <cfform> tag. Nothing seems to work. The essence of my code is (with the javascript at the top):
<script type="text/javascript">
function init() {

<body onload="init()">
<cfform name="projectForm" onload="start()" >
<cfinput type="hidden" name="projectId" value="#url.projectId#" />

<div class="formElement">
<label for="projectName">Project Name:</label>
<cfinput id="projectName" name="projectName" value="#project.projectName#" size="20" />
<div id="projectNameError" class="error"></div>

... [two more cfinputs with no mask] ...

<div class="formElement" align="left">
<label for="projectStartDate">Start Date: </label>
<cfinput id="projectStartDate" name="projectStartDate" value="#dateformat(project.projectStartDate,'mm/dd/yyyy')#" size="12" mask="99/99/9999" />
<div id="projectStartDateError" class="error"></div>

... [several more cfinputs with no mask and a submit button] ...


Any suggestion on how to set focus on the first field (ProjectName) vs. the fourth field (projectStartDate) would be most welcome!

Comment 4 by Les Schmidt posted on 12/13/2009 at 12:06 PM

Well,I feel pretty stupid. The code above works fine when your FIRST input field is not a hidden one! Duh! hard to have focus on a hidden input field!

Moved that input field to the bottom of the form and it works just fine.
Hope someone else will benefit from my "discovery".