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Reading HTML form values from WebView

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Hey Guys!

I need to read out some user inputs in a HTML form within a WebView JavaFX control. My idea was to access the DOM model and read out the value attribute (like: WebView.getEngine().getDocument().getElementById(foo).getAttribute(bla)).

But all I get is the values that were set from the HTML code (<input type='text' value='foo'>) or by the setAttribute method. Inputs that the user made during runtime appear not to be saved in the DOM.

Do I need to call some function to rebuild the DOM Tree before reading out my values, or what is wrong?


PS: I'm running JavaFX 2.1 on OS X.
  • 1. Re: Reading HTML form values from WebView
    jsmith Guru
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    When are you invoking WebView.getEngine().getDocument().getElementById(foo).getAttribute(bla))?
    Can you publish a short executable example?

    I think you will need to have a JavaScript function which monitors the fields you are interested in and sends the data back to your Java app.
    For examples see => "Sample DatePicker for JavaFX using jQuery UI"
    Or => "Making Upcalls from JavaScript to JavaFX"
  • 2. Re: Reading HTML form values from WebView
    935401 Newbie
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    Code incoming ;)
    public class SheetViewer extends Stage {
        WebEngine webengine;
        SheetViewer() {
            WebView webview = new WebView();
            webengine = webview.getEngine();
            GridPane gridpane = new GridPane();
            webengine.loadContent("<html><body><input type='text' name='textinput' value='test'></body></html>");
            gridpane.add(webview, 1, 1);
            Button button = new Button("okay");
            button.setOnAction(new EventHandler<ActionEvent>() {
                public void handle(ActionEvent t) {
                    NodeList inputs = webengine.getDocument().getElementsByTagName("input");
                    Element input;
                    for(int i = 0; i < inputs.getLength(); i++) {
                        input = (Element) inputs.item(i);
                        System.out.print(input.getAttribute("name") + ": ");
            gridpane.add(button, 2, 1);
            this.setScene(new Scene(gridpane));
    That's not my original code (for its too long), but it shows the same problem:

    input.getAttribute("value") will always return "test", no matter what the user has entered (or not entered) during runtime.

    I have used .net before (which shows 'surpisingly' some similarities to JavaFX ;) ), in which you could read out user inputs from a webbrowser object like that, so I'd be happy to find a javascript-free solution here (if that is possible).

    Edited by: 932398 on 07.05.2012 13:51


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