Ronny vdb Ronny vdb - 5 days ago 5
AngularJS Question

Use a directive to display scope value and update scope

I have an array of vertex values that I loop over and display to the user.
The values are stored as a space delimited string, like this:

vrtx = ["10.3 20.3 10.5", "13.2 29.2 3.0", "16.3 2.3 20.2", ...]


I want to provide a friendly interface to the user to edit the values.
This requires me to split the strings into three separate numbers and put them into three individual inputs.

I want to create a directive, as I am not able to store the values as separate values, but after the editing is done, I want to join the values back and update the scope to store the new values as strings.

This is the directive I have so far:

myApp.directive('fieldValue', function () {

return {
scope: {
field:'='
},
link: function (scope, element, attrs) {
var fields = scope.field.split(' ');
element.html("<input type='number' value='"+ fields[0] +"' class='vertex-input'/><input type='number' value='"+ fields[1] +"' class='vertex-input'/><input type='number' value='"+ fields[2] +"' class='vertex-input'/>");
}
}

});


This splits the value and shows the three inputs with the individual values, but my question is how do I join these values and save them back to the scope? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! TIA

Answer

You could used formatters/parsers to achieve what you want, but you may have to adjust your input to use ngModel, and I'm not quite sure how it would work with 3 separate input fields:

myApp.directive('fieldValue', function () {

    return {
        scope: {
          field:'='
        },
        require: 'ngModel',
        link: function (scope, element, attrs, ngModel) {
            var fields  = scope.field.split(' ');
            element.html("<input type='number' value='"+ fields[0] +"' class='vertex-input'/><input type='number' value='"+ fields[1] +"' class='vertex-input'/><input type='number' value='"+ fields[2] +"' class='vertex-input'/>");

            ngModel.$formatters.push(function(value){
              //return the value as you want it displayed
            });

            ngModel.$parsers.push(function(value){
              //return the value as you want it stored
            });


        }
    }

});

This way gives you a lot more flexibility in my opinion to use any strategy you want. Read more about it here: https://alexperry.io/angularjs/2014/12/10/parsers-and-formatters-angular.html

And, more official docs here: https://docs.angularjs.org/api/ng/type/ngModel.NgModelController

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