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MVC HTML Helper Input Type Number using Safari!

Posted on 2014-03-13
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I'm understanding that a Numeric pad instead of the default keyboard will open in Safari on iPhone if I code like:
           <input id="amount" type="number" />

I would like to know if this is possible in MVC4 like so:
          @Html.EditorFor(m => m.Expense.Amount, new { type = "number" })

I've also read about including the DataType attribute like so. Just don't know if it will trigger the numeric pad in Safari on iPhone:

          [DataType(DataType.Number)]
          public decimal Amount { get; set; }
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Craig Wagner earned 2000 total points
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I'm not entirely sure what you're asking here. If specifying type="number" on the <input> element causes the numeric keypad then it doesn't matter what the server-side technology is, it only matter what gets generated. This doesn't seem all that hard to test, I just did it in about five minutes by creating a new MVC application. Using your code I got:

<input class="text-box single-line" data-val="true" data-val-number="The field Amount must be a number." data-val-required="The Amount field is required." id="Expense_Amount" name="Expense.Amount" type="text" value="0.00" />

So the answer would appear to be "no, it won't generate the HTML you want because the type attribute is "text."

I then tried using:

@Html.TextBoxFor( m => m.Expense.Amount, new { type = "number" } )

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When I did that the result was:

<input data-val="true" data-val-number="The field Amount must be a number." data-val-required="The Amount field is required." id="Expense_Amount" name="Expense.Amount" type="number" value="0" />

So it would appear that using TextBoxFor will generate what you want.

Frankly, it took me longer to type this answer than to put together the test that got me the results.
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I'm using Html.EditorFor
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thx
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