Oracle Fusion Middleware Tag Reference for Oracle ADF Faces
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af:inputText inputText input text

UIComponent class:
Component type: oracle.adf.RichInputText

The inputText component creates a browser input text widget. Depending on the value of "rows", this component either maps to a single-row text field or a multi-row text area.It also supports displaying a label, text, and messages.

If the input should be hidden from the user while displayed, such as for passwords, the secret property should be set to "true".

If the input has readOnly=true, it will display like an outputText, i.e. no borders.

Geometry Management

Screen Shot(s)

inputText screenshot
An inputText component in a simple form.

inputText2 screenshot
A multi-row inputText component in a simple form.

Code Example(s)

Simple text input box with some default text and a label.

  <af:inputText label="Input:" 
                value="Some text"/>

A slightly more interesting example showing a text box twenty five characters in length with hidden input text.

<af:inputText label="Password:"

A text input box which will display three rows of wrapped input text, with a vertical scrollbar.

<af:inputText label="Alert:"


Type Phases Description
javax.faces.event.ValueChangeEvent Process Validations,
Apply Request Values
The valueChange event is delivered when the value attribute is changed.
org.apache.myfaces.trinidad.event.AttributeChangeEvent Invoke Application,
Apply Request Values
Event delivered to describe an attribute change. Attribute change events are not delivered for any programmatic change to a property. They are only delivered when a renderer changes a property without the application's specific request. An example of an attribute change events might include the width of a column that supported client-side resizing.

Supported Facets

Name Description
context Location for contextual information. A contextInfo component is expected.
help This facet is deprecated, helpTopicId should be used for providing help. This is a no-op for form components.


Name Type Supports EL? Description
accessKey char Yes a character used to gain quick access to the form element specified by the for, if set (or this component itself, if it is a "non-simple" form element). For accessibility reasons, this functionality is not supported in screen reader mode. If the same access key appears in multiple locations in the same page of output, the rendering user agent will cycle among the elements accessed by the similar keys.

This attribute is sometimes referred to as the "mnemonic".

Note that the accessKey is triggered by browser-specific and platform-specific modifier keys. It even has browser-specific meaning. For example, Internet Explorer 7.0 will set focus when you press Alt+<accessKey>. Firefox 2.0 on some operating systems you press Alt+Shift+<accessKey>. Firefox 2.0 on other operating systems you press Control+<accessKey>. Refer to your browser's documentation for how it treats accessKey.

attributeChangeListener javax.el.MethodExpression Only EL a method reference to an attribute change listener. Attribute change events are not delivered for any programmatic change to a property. They are only delivered when a renderer changes a property without the application's specific request. An example of an attribute change events might include the width of a column that supported client-side resizing.
autoComplete String Yes Valid Values: on, off

whether previous values of text fields in the form should be remembered and offered for auto completion.
autoSubmit boolean Yes an attribute which if set to TRUE on a form element, the component will automatically submit when an appropriate action takes place (a click, text change, etc.). Since autoSubmit is a partial submit, also submitted and re-rendered are any other components with partialTriggers pointing to this component.
autoTab boolean Yes whether focus will automatically move to the next tabstop when the maximum length for the current component is reached. Currently, this feature is not supported for mobile Safari.
binding Only EL an EL reference that will store the component instance on a bean. This can be used to give programmatic access to a component from a backing bean, or to move creation of the component to a backing bean.
changed boolean Yes an attribute which if set to true, the changed indicator icon will be displayed on the component. This value defaults to false.
changedDesc String Yes the text commonly used by user agents to display tooltip text on the changed indicator icon. Default value is "Changed". The behavior of the tooltip is controlled by the user agent, e.g. Firefox 2 truncates long tooltips.
clientComponent boolean Yes whether a client-side component will be generated. A component may be generated whether or not this flag is set, but if client Javascript requires the component object, this must be set to true to guarantee the component's presence. Client component objects that are generated today by default may not be present in the future; setting this flag is the only way to guarantee a component's presence, and clients cannot rely on implicit behavior. However, there is a performance cost to setting this flag, so clients should avoid turning on client components unless absolutely necessary.
columns int Yes the size of the text control specified by the number of characters shown. The number of columns is estimated based on the default font size of the browser.
contentStyle String Yes the style of the content piece of the component. You can style width by setting this attribute like this: width: 100px.
converter javax.faces.convert.Converter Yes a converter object
customizationId String Yes This attribute is deprecated. The 'id' attribute should be used when applying persistent customizations. This attribute will be removed in the next release.
dimensionsFrom String Yes Valid Values: auto, content, parent

determines how the component will handle geometry management (when the simple attribute is true). This specifies where the dimensions of the inputText come from:

  • auto - either "disclosedChild" or "parent", depending on the container the inputText is inside; if the inputText is being stretched by its ancestor then "parent" will be used, otherwise "content" will be used
  • content (the default) - the inputText will get its dimensions from the parent component
  • parent - the inputText will get its dimensions from the inlineStyle and if not provided from there then from its parent or if not provided from the parent then from the skin.
disabled boolean Yes whether the element is disabled. Unlike a readonly component, a disabled component is unable to receive focus. If the component has the potential to have a scrollbar, and you want the user to be able to scroll through the component's text or values, use the 'readOnly' attribute, not the 'disabled' attribute.
editable String Yes Valid Values: inherit, always, onAccess

the editable look and feel to use for input components. 'always' indicates that the input component should always look editable. 'onAccess' indicates that the input will only look editable when accessed (hover, focus). 'inherit' indicates that we want to use the component parent's setting. None of the ancestor components define 'always' or 'onAccess', then 'always' will be used.
helpTopicId String Yes the id used to look up a topic in a helpProvider.
id String No the identifier for the component. The identifier must follow a subset of the syntax allowed in HTML:
  • Must not be a zero-length String.
  • First character must be an ASCII letter (A-Za-z) or an underscore ('_').
  • Subsequent characters must be an ASCII letter or digit (A-Za-z0-9), an underscore ('_'), or a dash ('-').
immediate boolean Yes whether the value is converted and validated immediately in the Apply Request Values phase, or is handled in the Process Validators phase, the default. By default, values are converted and validated together in the Process Validators phase. However, if you need access to the value of a component during Apply Request Values - for example, if you need to get the value from an actionListener on an immediate commandButton - then setting this to "immediate" makes that possible.
inlineStyle String Yes the CSS styles to use for this component. This is intended for basic style changes; you should use the skinning mechanism if you require any complex style changes. The inlineStyle is a set of CSS styles that are applied to the root DOM element of the component. Many components are composed of several DOM elements which may have their own styles applied to them. Defining a style in the inlineStyle may not always give you what you want. For example, if one of the inner DOM elements for this component has a background color specified for it in the skin, setting a background color in the inlineStyle may not provide any visible change (at least for where that inner DOM element exists) because the inner DOM element's background color will win (since that DOM element is essentially layered on top of the root element). In cases like this, you can use a different skin (or define your own) that defines a skinning key for that inner DOM element where its background color is inhibited (e.g. with -tr-inhibit: background-color) or otherwise set to the color you want.
label String Yes the label of the component. If you want the label to appear above the control, use a panelFormLayout.
labelAndAccessKey String Yes an attribute that will simultaneously set both the "label" and "accessKey" attributes from a single value, using conventional ampersand ('&') notation.

For example, setting this attribute to "L&amp;abel" will set the label to "Label" and the access key to 'a'.

maximumLength int Yes the maximum number of characters that can be entered into the text control. This includes the characters representing the new line. If set to 0 or less, the maximumLength is ignored.

Note that in some browsers like IE new line is treated as two characters.

partialTriggers String[] Yes the IDs of the components that should trigger a partial update. This component will listen on the trigger components. If one of the trigger components receives an event that will cause it to update in some way, this component will request to be updated too. Identifiers are relative to the source component (this component), and must account for NamingContainers. If your component is already inside of a naming container, you can use a single colon to start the search from the root of the page, or multiple colons to move up through the NamingContainers - "::" will pop out of the component's naming container (or itself if the component is a naming container) and begin the search from there, ":::" will pop out of two naming containers (including itself if the component is a naming container) and begin the search from there, etc.
placeholder String Yes Text to be displayed in the input component when a value is not present.
readOnly boolean Yes whether the control is displayed as an editable field or as an output-style text control. Unlike a disabled component, a readonly component is able to receive focus.
rendered boolean Yes whether the component is rendered. When set to false, no output will be delivered for this component (the component will not in any way be rendered, and cannot be made visible on the client). If you want to change a component's rendered attribute from false to true using PPR, set the partialTrigger attribute of its parent component so the parent refreshes and in turn will render this component.
required boolean Yes whether a non-null, non-empty value must be entered. If false, validators will not be executed when the value is null or empty.
requiredMessageDetail String Yes the message to be displayed, if 'required' validation fails.


  • {0} the label that identifies the component
rows int Yes the height of the text control specified by the number of characters shown. The default value is 1, which generates a one-row input field. The number of rows is estimated based on the default font size of the browser.
secret boolean Yes a boolean value that only applies to single line text controls. When set to "true", it hides the actual value of the text from the user, and will prevent the actual "value" from being shown to the user. When the user manually enters a value, each character will appear as an *. After the value is posted to the server, the value (if not null) will always appear (and be sent to the client) as "******", or whichever value is defined in UIConstants.SECRET_FIELD_DEFAULT_VALUE. If secret is set to true, be sure to not use a converter or validator tag with this inputText which would expose the value the user entered via its messages.
shortDesc String Yes the short description of the component. This text is commonly used by user agents to display tooltip help text, in which case the behavior for the tooltip is controlled by the user agent, e.g. Firefox 2 truncates long tooltips. For form components, the shortDesc is displayed in a note window. For components that support the helpTopicId attribute it is recommended that helpTopicId is used as it is more flexible and is more accessibility-compliant.
showRequired boolean Yes whether the associated control displays a visual indication of required user input. If a "required" attribute is also present, both the "required" attribute and the "showRequired" attribute must be false for the visual indication not to be displayed. An example of when it can be desirable to use the showRequired property is if you have a field that is initially empty and is required only if some other field on the page is touched.
simple boolean Yes a boolean value that controls whether the component provides label support; when set to "true", the component will not display the label (these may be ignored: label, labelAndAccessKey, accessKey, showRequired, help facet) and may use simpler layout primitives. One of the usecases can be when the component is used in repeatable elements like in table, for-each etc., where label is not required.
styleClass String Yes a CSS style class to use for this component. The styleClass attribute value is rendered on the root dom element. We provide some public style classes you can set the styleClass to that will affect only the 'content' piece of the component. These are: AFAddressFieldTextMarker, AFPostalCodeFieldTextMarker, AFPhoneFieldTextMarker, AFFieldNumberMarker, AFFieldTextLTRMarker, AFFieldTextMarker, AFFieldNumberMarker. In LTR languages, these styles have no effect by default, other than AFFieldNumberMarker which right aligns the text. They have more styling in RTL mode. If needed, you can skin the public style definitions for these marker style classes (e.g., AFAddressFieldText, AFPostalCodeFieldText, etc.) and it will be picked up by using these "Marker" style class because in our base skin implementation we map to the public style by doing this: af|inputText.AFFieldNumberMarker af|inputText::content {-tr-rule-ref:selector(".AFFieldNumber")}. We recommend that you do not add style properties to the "Marker" style classes, since they are used solely in the CSS descendant selector to point to the content pseudo-element.
unsecure java.util.Set Yes A whitespace separated list of attributes whose values ordinarily can be set only on the server, but need to be settable on the client. Currently, this is supported only for the "disabled" attribute.
usage String Yes Valid Values: auto, text, search

The usage attribute will set the type of the input to allow for different html types (such as search). Currently only auto, text and search are valid. auto is the default. Currently, auto will default to text but may in the future conditionally default to some other type. This attribute is ignored for rows > 1.
validator javax.faces.el.MethodBinding Only EL a method reference to a validator method
value Object Yes the value of the component. If the EL binding for the "value" points to a bean property with a getter but no setter, and this is an editable component, the component will be rendered in read-only mode.
valueChangeListener javax.faces.el.MethodBinding Only EL a method reference to a value change listener
visible boolean Yes the visibility of the component. If it is "false", the component will be hidden on the client. Unlike "rendered", this does not affect the lifecycle on the server - the component may have its bindings executed, etc. - and the visibility of the component can be toggled on and off on the client, or toggled with PPR. When "rendered" is false, the component will not in any way be rendered, and cannot be made visible on the client. In most cases, use the "rendered" property instead of the "visible" property.
Not supported on the following renderkits: org.apache.myfaces.trinidad.core
wrap String Yes Valid Values: soft, hard, off

the type of text wrapping to be used in a multi-row text control. This attribute is ignored for single row inputText. By default (or "soft"), multirow text wraps visually, but does not include carriage returns in the submitted value. Setting this to "off" will disable wrapping; the multirow text will scroll horizontally. Setting it to "hard" specifies that the value of the text should include any carriage returns needed to wrap the lines.