input behavior

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  1. David Brenchley
    David  Brenchley avatar
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    Jun 2010

    Posted 26 Apr 2011 Link to this post

    I was excited to get a new masking control, but this soon turned to disappointment.  Our users have difficulty with these controls as they are not intuitive.  They expect it to behave the same as if you were entering something into an Excel spreadsheet cell and I don't blame them.  It's confusing to me as well.  I've tried all kinds of variations of textmode, autofill properties, and InputBehavior to get a mask n5.2 to behave properly.  Essentially I think it should behave just as a regular textbox while entering data and display according to the mask when viewing the data.
  2. Alex Fidanov
    Alex Fidanov avatar
    636 posts

    Posted 27 Apr 2011 Link to this post

    Hi David Brenchley,

    The masked controls are designed to behave like a normal TextBox but not in all cases.
    For example, numeric values should be always right aligned and text values should be left aligned. In contrast to the TextBox or the Excel's cell, the text is always left aligned. The masked controls really focus on the ability to control the user's input as much as possible. You can specify the length of the value, the input characters, formatting in great details.

    I have attached a small project with a sample configuration for the numeric mask. We would appreciate if you could give us your feedback in what exactly is not intuitive to you or your users. We would take it into consideration in the future development of these controls.

    Kind regards,
    Alex Fidanov
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