[OpenAjaxIDE] Multiselect properties - must have datatype of array

Kin Blas jblas at adobe.com
Wed Aug 6 17:16:41 PDT 2008

Perhaps we need an "output format" attribute?


output="[string]" in Jon's case and output="bitfieldOr" in Bertrand's
case. These would result in ["panda", "tiger"] for John's case and 1|2
in Bertrand's case?


--== Kin ==--



From: ide-bounces at openajax.org [mailto:ide-bounces at openajax.org] On
Behalf Of Bertrand Le Roy
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2008 4:15 PM
To: Jon Ferraiolo; ide at openajax.org
Subject: Re: [OpenAjaxIDE] Multiselect properties - must have datatype
of array


Options are for enums, right? If so, that is completely different from
our usage. Multiple value enums (or flags) have integer values (like in
C) and are combined through the  | or operator. Testing for a specific
value is done with the & and operator.

So for example, you'd have:

<property name="FavoriteAnimals">
__<options multiple="true">
____<option value="1"><label locid="animal_panda">Panda</label></option>
____<option value="2"><label locid="animal_tiger">Tiger</label></option>
____<option value="4"><label locid="animal_cat">House
____<option value="8"><label locid="animal_dog">Man's best

And if the user picks Tiger and House Cat, that gives 6.


From: ide-bounces at openajax.org [mailto:ide-bounces at openajax.org] On
Behalf Of Jon Ferraiolo
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2008 10:14 AM
To: ide at openajax.org
Subject: [OpenAjaxIDE] Multiselect properties - must have datatype of


Aaron Reed of IBM is implementing the <property><options
multiple="true"> feature in the open source reference implementation and
the question can up about how to represent the multiple choices when the
property value is persisted into the property storage area. Here is an

<property name="FavoriteAnimals">
__<options multiple="true">
____<option value="panda"><label
____<option value="tiger"><label
____<option value="cat"><label locid="animal_cat">House
____<option value="dog"><label locid="animal_dog">Man's best

Let's suppose the user picked "Tiger" and "House cat".

Given that we are focused on JavaScript, our proposal is that the
natural way to store a multi-select option would be as a JavaScript
array. In this case, the array would be ["tiger","cat"].

Does this make sense to people?

If so, then should we change the spec to say that if a <property> uses
<options> with multiple="true", then the <property> element must have

A follow on question is whether we should require an array of Strings,
or is it OK to have an array of anything, such as Number? Is the array
could contain things other than String, then implementations would need
to a string-to-whatever conversion at some point (e.g.,
string-to-number). I would thing that array-of-Strings is the way to go.


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