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Putting The Errors In The Right Place

02.01.2007
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        The idea is to display the error near the field instead of in global area at the top of the page.
Simple… first go into your view and delete the
error_messages_for ‘object’

Then stick this in your application helper.


# application_helper.rb
def error_for(object, method = nil, options={})
  if method
    err = instance_variable_get("@#{object}").errors.on(method).to_sentence     rescue instance_variable_get("@#{object}").errors.on(method)
  else
     err = @errors["#{object}"] rescue nil
  end
  options.merge!(:class=>’fieldWithErrors’,
          :id=>"#{[object,method].compact.join(’_')}-error",
:style=>(err ? #{options[:style]}":"#{options[:style]};display: none;")
   )
 content_tag("p",err || "", options )     
end

Then in your form view, add an ‘error_for’ call wherever you need one…

# _form.rhtml
  <p><label for="code_project_name">Name</label>
  <%= text_field ‘code_project’, ‘name’  %>
  <%= error_for ‘code_project’, ‘name’ %></p>

If the model fails a validation test, then it will show the message right next to the field that caused the validation problem.
Also note that if you define an instance variable called @errors containing a hash of field_names and messages, they will also be used. This is handy for those form fields that don’t correspond to a model attribute.    

Comments

Snippets Manager replied on Fri, 2007/02/02 - 3:03pm

Hi Mickael, isn't that what the built-in error_message_on method is for? Maybe I'm missing something...

Snippets Manager replied on Tue, 2006/01/17 - 3:17pm

This works well for me: ActionView::Base.field_error_proc = Proc.new do |html, instance| %{#{html} • #{[instance.error_message].flatten.first}} end