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nativescript-textinputlayout

Android Material Design TextInputLayout for NativeScript

Android TextInputLayout Documentation

iOS SkyFloatingLabelTextField Documentation


Usage

Install the plugin by running this command in your project root: tns plugin add nativescript-textinputlayout

The android and iOS implementations, while very similar in effect, have several differences. The below sections break up usage by platform.

Android

<Page xmlns="http://schemas.nativescript.org/tns.xsd" xmlns:TIL="nativescript-textinputlayout">
    <StackLayout>
        <!--TIL with all possible attrs via bindings-->
        <TIL:TextInputLayout class="demo-text-input-layout"
            hint="{{ hint }}"
            error="{{ error }}"
            errorEnabled="{{ isErrorEnabled }}"
            hintAnimationEnabled="{{ isHintAnimationEnabled }}"
            hintTextAppearance="SpecialTextInputLayout"
            counterEnabled="{{ isCounterEnabled }}">
 
            <!--ONE child element can be added, MUST be either TextField or TextView-->
            <TextField text="{{ demoText }}" />
        </TIL:TextInputLayout>
 
        <!--TIL with just a static hint-->
        <TIL:TextInputLayout hint="Hint Text">
            <TextField text="" />
        </TIL:TextInputLayout>
    </StackLayout>
</Page>

Attributes

Name Description Value Type Default
hint Text that shows up in the hint, and floating label String ""
error Text that will display as error message and make the widget look invalid String ""
errorEnabled Whether or not an error is enabled for the widget. If no error, it won't pad the bottom so much. However, if you set the error attr, it auto-sets this property under the hood to true Boolean false
hintAnimationEnabled Whether or not the 'float' action of the label should be animated Boolean true
hintTextAppearance Name of the style definition to apply to the floating label String ""
counterEnabled Whether or not a char counter should display in bottom-right of widget Boolean false

Styling

Several of the styles for the TextInputLayout need to be declared in the Theme for your app. This top-level set of styles will apply to the entire app. One way to do this is to have a style defined whose parent is AppTheme (the theme that NativeScript generates) and then set the app to use the new theme by updating the AndroidManifest.xml file. There are examples of this in the Demo.

There is one property that you can use to style the floating label. It's power is limited - it only applies when the field is focused - but it's something. Simply create a style rule, such as the one below, and set the TextInputLayout's hintTextAppearance property to the name of that style rule (see sample TextInputLayout XML above):

<!-- app/App_Resources/Android/values/appStyles.xml -->
<resources xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">
    <style name="SpecialTextInputLayout" parent="@android:style/TextAppearance">
        <item name="android:textColor">#F9D02A</item>
        <item name="android:textSize">12dp</item>
    </style>
</resources>

Demo

To run the demo locally, run the following commands from the root folder after pulling down this repo: npm run setup and npm run demo.android

NativeScript Text Input Layout demo


iOS

The pod in use for the iOS functionality actually allows for a bit nicer markup as it extends UITextField, which NativeScript already has a wrapper for. So, instead of a TextInpuLayout that wraps a TextField, we just need a single element and we get to take advantage of all the normal TextField bindings that comes from NativeScript! Note, however, that there are two different kinds of inputs:

  • TextInputLayout - standard input with floating label, error message capability, etc..
  • TextInputLayoutWithIcon - same as above, with addition of an icon and icon-related properties..
 
<TIL:TextInputLayout
    hint="{{ hint }}"
    error="{{ error }}"
    text="{{ demoText }}"
    title="{{ title }}"
    color="{{ error ? '#aa0000' : '#d745ff' }}"
    tintColor="#d745ff"
    lineColor="#d745ff"
    selectedTitleColor="#ff45ca"
    selectedLineColor="#7a45ff"
    lineHeight="1.25"
    selectedLineHeight="3.5" />
 
<TIL:TextInputLayoutWithIcon
    hint="Is there an error?"
    text="{{ error }}"
    iconFont="{{ iconFont }}"
    iconText="{{ iconText }}"
    iconColor="#48c8ff"
    selectedIconColor="#aa0000"
    iconMarginLeft="2"
    iconMarginBottom="2"
    iconRotationDegrees="45"
    title="Error Text"
    tintColor="#48c8ff"
    lineColor="#48c8ff"
    selectedTitleColor="#6348ff"
    selectedLineColor="#48ff7f"
    lineHeight="0.5"
    selectedLineHeight="1" />
 

Attributes

Note: Any properties relating to color must be a value that is valid to pass to NativeScript's Color constructor

Note: Any properties relating to icon apply only to the TextInputLayoutWithIcon widget and will not do anything on the regular TextInputLayout widget.

Name Description Value Type Default
hint Text that shows up in the text field's placeholder area String ""
error Text that will display as error message and make the widget look invalid String ""
title Text that will display in the 'floating label' when there is a value in the field (hint value used if nothing supplied) String ""
tintColor Color of the blinking cursor when field focused String ""
lineColor Color of the line underneath the field String ""
selectedTitleColor Color of the floating label when field is selected String ""
selectedLineColor Color of the line underneath the field when field is selected String ""
lineHeight Thickness of the line underneath the field (set to 0 for no line at all) Number 1
iconFont UIFont to use for the icon. Easiest way is to use the ui/styling/font module and create the font:
Font.default.withFontFamily("FontAwesome").withFontSize(16).getUIFont(null))
UIFont null
iconText Unicode value to pass to the icon. NOTE: I was only able to get this to work by binding it to a view model rather than passing the value in directly:
i.e. viewModel.set('iconText', '\uf06a') vs iconText="&#xf06a;"
String ""
iconColor Color of the icon String ""
selectedIconColor Color of the icon when field focused String ""
iconMarginLeft Margin on the left of the icon Number pod's default
iconMarginBottom Margin on the bottom of the icon Number pod's default
iconRotationDegrees Amount to rotate the icon Number pod's default

Demo

To run the demo locally, run the following commands from the root folder after pulling down this repo: npm run setup and npm run demo.ios

NativeScript Text Input Layout demo


Attributions

Nathanael Anderson - He helped me with what (LayoutBase, ContentView, View, ...) to subclass off of and helped me understand more of the nuances of each.

Brad Martin - I used his {N} plugins as guides for this one, and pestered him when I had questions.

Nathan Walker - I followed his tutorial in setting up this plugin.