Edit box character filtering.

Posted on 2002-03-04
Last Modified: 2013-11-20
I'm using a CEdit control sub classed to my dialog box.
I would like to filter the input allowing only certain characters to be entered.
Here's a convoluted approach I came up with..

void ARIntRate::OnChar(UINT nChar, UINT nRepCnt, UINT nFlags)
     // TODO: Add your message handler code here and/or call default
     CEdit::OnChar(nChar, nRepCnt, nFlags);
     UINT testchar = nChar; // to isolate the character entered
     CString before;
     // get the edit control contents
     // Check validity of character entered
     if (! ( testchar>45 && testchar < 58 ) || ( testchar == 46 && decimal == true ) )// digits 0 - 9 or decimal
          //strip of this character
          before.Remove( nChar );
          // reset window contents with character removed
     if (testchar == 46)
          decimal = true;

This does seem to work but when the text is restored the cursor is placed at the front of the text rather than at the location of the incorrect entry.(the right side).
Is there a more elegant way of trapping the last character entered and verifying it prior to the edit window being updated??

Question by:dooley090698
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Expert Comment

ID: 6840079
Set the value of nChar to zero if it is an invalid character.

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peterdownes earned 200 total points
ID: 6840401
Hi dooley,

It is just a matter of ordering:  Have a look at below.  NOTE!  I also accept backspaces.

void ARIntRate::OnChar(UINT nChar, UINT nRepCnt, UINT nFlags)
   // Get the contents of the window before this character.
   CString before;


   // Acceptable characters.
   CString strTmp = "0123456780\b";

   if (before.Find('.') == -1)
      strTmp += ".";

   // nChar OK?
   if (strTmp.Find(nChar) == -1)
      CEdit::OnChar(nChar, nRepCnt, nFlags);


Expert Comment

ID: 6840820
In your approach the string is taken as a whole that's why you are facing the problem of caret positioning.

There is easier work around -  just trap EN_CHANGE event of CEdit object, check if each character matches and then:

1) either discard the character using SetWindowText() or UpdateData() [in this case you must has saved the previously entered string]

2) or display appropriate warning, preferably not in form of modal dialog boxes, rather in visual alerts.

Complete source code is available at

Muhammad Saleem

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Expert Comment

ID: 6840846

You are NOT new to EE and should therefore understand the rules.

Please don't post ANSWERS if other expects have provided solutions to the problem.

In addition, posting answers in general locks out the question which distracts from others contributing.


Author Comment

ID: 6841008
Sorry-not that the answer wasn't accetable just that it could lock this question.

Author Comment

ID: 6841011
Thanks for taking the time to rework it fir me. Really appreciate your effort!
Once again...THANKS!
Gonna try your code first thing in the AM.

Author Comment

ID: 6841673
If you get this..just wanted to say it worked like  a dream!!
Does exactly what I wanted.
Course you knew it would cause you coded it..:)

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