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Acroforms - Javascript - Adobe Acrobat Pro v8.12

Hello all...

How can I use Acrobat javascript to populate a text box with
the multi selected values from a list box?

EXAMPLE:

---------------------
   MultiSelect
    Listbox1

<Blank>
Apples
[Oranges]  <--Selected
Pears
Cherries
[Grapes]   <--Selected
Figs
[Plums]    <--Selected
---------------------

RESULTS:
---------------------
    Textbox1

Selected: Oranges, Grapes, Plums
---------------------

I placed the following Keyboard Script in
Combo box2, to populate Textbox2 with the
selection from Combo box2:

var targ1=getField("Textbox2");
if(!event.willCommit){
    targ1.value=event.change;
}

Can it be modified to handle the multi selected
items in listbox1 to populate Textbox1?
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Question by:dartanion_jm
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
ID: 22668202
Do you have the "JavaScript for Acrobat API Reference" document from Adobe? You need that if you want to do any serious JavaScript development.

Take a look at the property "currentValueIndices" of the Field  class. The following code is based on the example given in the reference document.

I've not actually run this in an Acrobat environment, so it may not work the way I've written it, but it's at least very close. Once you have access tot the reference manual, and look up the currentValueIndices property, you should be able to get things working. If not, let me know, and I'll actually create a PDF file that shows how this can work.



var textFieldNewValue = ""
 
var f = this.getField("ListBox1");
var a = f.currentValueIndices;
 
if (typeof a == "number") // A single selection
{
     textFieldNewValue = f.getItemAt(a, false));
}
else // Multiple selections
{
    console.println("Selection:");
    for (var i = 0; i < a.length; i ++)
    {
        if (i!=0_
        {
            textFieldNewValue += " ";
        }
         textFieldNewValue += f.getItemAt(a[i], false);
    }
}
 
targ1.value = textFieldNewValue;

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by:dartanion_jm
ID: 22675820
Thank you for the prompt response. Will give it a try and get back to you.
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by:dartanion_jm
ID: 22687980
"If not, let me know, and I'll actually create a PDF file that shows how this can work."

I'm going to take you up on your gracious offer to create a PDF file.

When trying the script, I got the following error message:

  Error:  Missing ; before: statement 6 at line 7

                    textFieldNewValue = f.getItemAt(a, false));
  Error---->  }
                   else // Multiple selections
                   {

Couldn't figure it out. (Reference:  Adobe Acrobat SDK v8.0 NOV 2006 - Pg 80 / Example 6.2)

Thanks again for your efforts.

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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
ID: 22693720
As indicated, I did not actually run this code, so no interpreter had a chance to point out all my typos...

There should only be one closing parenthesis after false:

    textFieldNewValue = f.getItemAt(a, false);
}
else // Multiple selections
{
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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There was of course one more typo in the code. I now actually run it in a PDF file and came up with the following - corrected -s ample code.

The sample assumes that you have two objects, one list box and one text box. The list box is called ListBox1, and the text field has a custom calculation script that is set to the following program.
var textFieldNewValue = ""
 
var f = this.getField("ListBox1");
var a = f.currentValueIndices;
 
if (typeof a == "number") // A single selection
{
     textFieldNewValue = f.getItemAt(a, false);
}
else // Multiple selections
{
    console.println("Selection:");
    for (var i = 0; i < a.length; i ++)
    {
        if (i!=0)
        {
            textFieldNewValue += " ";
        }
         textFieldNewValue += f.getItemAt(a[i], false);
    }
}
 
event.target.value = textFieldNewValue;

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by:dartanion_jm
ID: 22696795
Greetings!

Thank you for your continued efforts.  

I get the following error when trying the last version of the script:

  InvalidSetError: Set not possible, invalid or unknown.
  Field.value:23:Field listbox1:Keystroke

FYI - In my test file the listbox is called "listbox1". I did rename it in the script before running it.

See attached: Listbox_DEV_101208_0517a.pdf

Thanks again.
Listbox-DEV-101208-0517a.pdf
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Karl Heinz Kremer earned 2000 total points
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The script has to be associated with the text field. I've modified the PDF file and attached it to this comment. You will see the update in the text field as soon as you commit the values in the list box (e.g. by tabbing out of the list box, or by clicking on any other object on the page).
Listbox-DEV-101208-0517a-modifie.pdf
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by:dartanion_jm
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The Matrix (1999) - Memorable quote by Morpheus: "You are the One, Neo".  Much Appreciated!   Just what I was looking for. Khkremer.....you are "the One"! Thanks again.
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The Matrix (1999) - Memorable quote by Morpheus: "You are the One, Neo".  Much Appreciated!   Just what I was looking for. Khkremer.....you are "the One"!  Thanks again.
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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Thanks :)
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