Class RequiredCheckboxValidator

  • All Implemented Interfaces:
    Validator<Boolean>, EventListener

    public class RequiredCheckboxValidator
    extends Object
    implements Validator<Boolean>

    The omnifaces.RequiredCheckboxValidator is intented to solve a peculiar problem with required="true" attribute of UISelectBoolean components like <h:selectBooleanCheckbox>. If you want to require the user to tick the desired checkbox, you would expect that setting required="true" is sufficient. But it is not, the validation wil always pass.

    As for every other UIInput component the default required="true" validator would only check if the value is actually filled and been sent to the server side, i.e. the value is not null nor empty. In case of a <h:selectBooleanCheckbox>, which accepts Boolean or boolean properties only, EL will coerce the unchecked value to Boolean.FALSE during apply request values phase right before validations phase. This value is not null nor empty! Thus, the required attribute of the <h:selectBooleanCheckbox> is fairly pointless. It would always pass the validation and thus never display the desired required message in case of an unticked checkbox.


    This validator is available by validator ID omnifaces.RequiredCheckboxValidator. Just specify it as <f:validator> of the boolean selection component:

     <h:selectBooleanCheckbox id="agree" value="#{bean.agree}" requiredMessage="You must agree!">
         <f:validator validatorId="omnifaces.RequiredCheckboxValidator" />

    The validator will use the message as specified in requiredMessage. If it's absent, then it will use the default required message as specified in custom <message-bundle> in faces-config.xml. If it's absent, then it will default to

    {0}: a tick is required"
    Bauke Scholtz