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  • Time picker

    Anyone have a solution for this?

    I have a lot of components with time-pickers for short-time fields. But I can't find the correct combination of properties for the time-picker fields for the selectors. And, in each case, I have a default value.

    For instance:

    If I select the HTML5 type = time, then I get this:

    iPad picker works find
    There's no default value in Chrome desktop
    There's no picker at all in Firefox

    So, I leave HTML5 type = time and check the box to supply t Time Picker (the "old" method) and:
    iPad choice boxes for the picker appear and disappear as soon as they're selected. Impossible to use
    Works fine on Chrome desktop
    Works fine on Firefox desktop

    I can't find a single combination of properties that always supplies a useable picker. Sure, I could program the stuff, but we're talking probably 30 time pickers right now, with more cross-platform components to come, and there must be a better way.

  • #2
    Re: Time picker

    I downloaded the notes app and had a play with that earlier. It has a really good use of a spin control for date and time pickers. Worth looking at.


    • #3
      Re: Time picker

      Thanks Lance. I just tried the spin control and the field doesn't even display in my desktop Firefox or Chrome.


      • #4
        Re: Time picker

        I'd say it's a bit of a bug that the Alpha Time Picker selections disappear... they shouldn't. For the Alpha Time Picker not sticking it doesn't seem to matter if HTML 5 = time or not... the Time Picker still will not stick on an iPad.

        Also, with data in a grid, with HTML5 = time, without the Alpha Timer Picker selected, on an iPad... the time does not display in the field. The field is blank. You can select a time with the iPad default IOS Time Picker, and as you select a time, that time is displayed in the field, but once submitted the field is cleared... even though it is saved.


        • #5
          Re: Time picker

          I put a page up with a couple of configurations:

          Anyone have time to go to it, see if you can confirm the inconsistent behavior and problems I describe on the page?


          • #6
            Re: Time picker

            Bump. I would be most appreciative if one or two people can confirm the behavior differences I posted here. Thanks.


            • #7
              Re: Time picker

              Safari on OSX and Firefox on Win7 produce same behavior - A5 time field shows time picker and works fine (first field on your page). No access to picker for HTML5 time field - only displays default value (second field on your page).

              On iPad, I see the same behavior for both Safari and Chrome for the A5 time field - choice boxes appear and immediately disappear. The html5 time field works fine using chrome on iPad.

              Last edited by Terry; 05-27-2013, 07:47 PM. Reason: Additional testing on iPad


              • #8
                Re: Time picker

                Hey Steve,

                I've confirmed the behaviours, as in my post, and per your test page as well. I feel there may be a data issue as well when using the iPad time picker and you don't load in a default value and the UX is data bound. In my test, with a data bound UX, iPad timepicker, no data is displayed when the UX is rendered, and after a record is saved.


                • #9
                  Re: Time picker


                  I tested and found:

                  HTML5 type

                  iPad(safari) picker works fine
                  There is a default value in Chrome desktop. it has a little spin control(up/down arrows) in the field that allow the hours and minutes(when you click in them) to be adjusted. No pop like the ipad though.
                  There's no picker at all in Firefox

                  A5 Time Picker Only

                  iPad (safari)choice boxes for the picker appear and disappear as soon as they're selected. If I hold the touch a little longer (as opposed to a quick touch) then I can get the picker to stay on screen but still can not pick a time.
                  Works fine on Chrome desktop
                  Works fine on Firefox desktop
                  Tim Kiebert
                  Eagle Creek Citrus
                  A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.


                  • #10
                    Re: Time picker

                    Thanks. I'm going to ask if they might take a look here.


                    • #11
                      Re: Time picker

                      Hi all, any solution to this? I am testing this with the Alpha5 Date/Time picker, and on iPad, it still disappears in Safari....


                      • #12
                        Re: Time picker

                        I know this thread is slightly old... but was this ever resolved?

                        To me it looks like the bug exists for Android.

                        I've got two Time Pickers on a UX

                        The hours and minutes dropdowns do appear and show the available choices...

                        but the problem is, you can't actually click/tap on any time values in the dropdown!

                        I have tested on Galaxy Tab 3 and Nexus 7 and both fail the same way.

                        You click a time in the dropdown and the dropdown disappears without registering a value.

                        I am thinking that perhaps I should forget about trying to use the time pickers and use some spin lists instead...

                        What is the Notes app that Lance mentions in post#2 above?

                        How are people getting their users to enter times via mobile device?


                        • #13
                          Re: Time picker

                          Hi Michael,

                          The notes app is great for seeing the use of panel cards and different data entry methods for a mobile device, to see the videos and download the component go to then search for notes app. It took me a while but I converted it to a MySQL database back end and now use it to make notes in my system.


                          • #14
                            Re: Time picker


                            One technique that I use is to format the date and/or time in a textbox control and open a popup window when the textbox is clicked. I use spin list controls for the date and time parts and group them in a SpinListGroup.

                            19.JPG 7.JPG SpinLists.JPG
                            Last edited by DaveF; 05-30-2014, 10:03 AM.


                            • #15
                              Re: Time picker

                              Thanks for that Dave and Lance, I went with spin lists.

                              Would have saved me half a day if the time picker control worked on mobile the same way like it does with a mouse.

                              Anyway, looks fine now, and desired result achieved, probably slightly easier functionality for the users also, every bit helps...

                              And although I didn't really have the time to spare, at least I learned how to use spin lists!