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Posted 21 Sep 2000

Enhanced Focus Edit Control with Input Filtering

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An edit control that provides strong visual feedback when it has the input focus, and allows filtering of input and/or displayed characters.
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    This article describes a class (CFocusEditCtrl) for an Enhanced Focus Edit Control with filtering capability.  This control serves two purposes.  First, it provides visual feedback when it has focus by changing it's background color.  Second, it supports the filtering of input.

    The visual feedback is useful when the control is used on a crowded interface, and redesign of the interface is not possible.  On crowded interfaces, it is often easy to "lose" the caret, and the user is unable to tell which edit control (if any) has the input focus.  The changed background color solves that problem.

    The filtering is useful for when you need a control that accepts only numeric values for input.  A numeric-style edit control does not work correctly here, because it does not allow characters like "+", "-" and "." (decimal point).  This control allows you to specify either a set of valid characters OR a set of invalid characters.  The filtering also works on a Paste operation.

    It is important to mention that this control only provides validation on a character-by-character basis.  That means that while it can prevent characters that are not used to specify numeric values, it cannot enforce the proper format of said value.  For example, limiting to numeric value characters does not prevent a string like "123.456.7890" from getting entered (even though it is technically an invalid numeric value).

    Functions of interest are:

    • void EnableFileDropping( bool bEnable = true )
    • void SetExcludeMask( LPCTSTR cpMask = NULL )
    • void SetIncludeMask( LPCTSTR cpMask = NULL )
    • void StripFilteredChars( LPTSTR cpBuffer )

    The EnableFileDropping(...) function is used to allow the edit control to accept a draggeg item, and allow it to be dropped.  This can be useful for getting a file path.

    The SetExcludeMask(...) function allows you to specify a set of characters that are not to be allowed into the control.  For example, an exclude mask of "1234567890" prevents numeric data from being entered into the control.

    The SetIncludeMask(...) function allows you to specify a set of characters that are allowed to be in the control.  For example, an include mask of "1234567890-+." allows only the entry of numeric data.

    The StripFilteredChars(...) function allows you remove "bad" characters from the passed string.  Do this before calling SetWindowText(...) with any string.

    In the demo image above, the edit control that has the input focus is clearly indicated, and the other two controls are setup to allow only certain data.  Running the app is more useful that my talking about it! :)

    Conditions of use are detailed in the header and source file(s).

    Feel free to contact me if there are any questions.  Have fun.

  • License

    This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


    About the Author

    James R. Twine
    President JRTwine Software, LLC
    United States United States
    Programming since the age of 10, started professionally at the age of 17. Currently involved in both Client and Server side development on Win32 platforms for MC/HA/FT financial applications. Development experience with Win32, Win16, Linux and other flavors of Unix.

    Extensive multithreaded development experience on Windows platforms using the Win32 SDK, and MFC.

    Experience with HA/FT n-tiered Client/Server systems as well as GUI apps of varying complexity. Some experience with Game developement.

    Having learned that the stuff you can barely get away with doing Client-side apps just does not cut it in the real "Server World", I am amazed how many 'professionals' cannot tell the difference between "works" and "correct" or try to (mis)use VB and/or MFC on server-side development projects, never considering that just because it RUNS, does not mean it runs WELL.

    Lastly, I am also a collector of arcade games, and can perform repairs, conversions, etc. Search for my name, you will find me on lots of arcade-related documents and sites.

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    Comments and Discussions

    GeneralCTRL+V doesn't work Pin
    vjairam3-Mar-06 10:13
    membervjairam3-Mar-06 10:13 
    AnswerRe: CTRL+V doesn't work Pin
    James R. Twine16-Jun-06 4:17
    memberJames R. Twine16-Jun-06 4:17 

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