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Use Background Color To Show Error Fields Instead Of Wrapping Them In A Div

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Use Background Color To Show Error Fields Instead Of Wrapping Them In A Div

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Using the default rails field_error_proc may lead to some layout headaches--your form looks perfect until, uh-oh, someone entered an invalid email address and Rails adds a fieldWithError-styled div that wraps around the problem field.

While this works in many cases, some pixel-perfect layouts may not be able to tolerate the 2-pixel padding around the text_field caused by the red border.  An alternative is to change the background color of the offending field.

Include the following code in environment.rb (or use a "require" like I do):


ActionView::Base.field_error_proc = Proc.new do |html_tag, instance|
  error_style = "background-color: #ffff80"
  if html_tag =~ /<(input|textarea|select)[^>]+style=/
    style_attribute = html_tag =~ /style=['"]/
    html_tag.insert(style_attribute + 7, "#{error_style}; ")
  elsif html_tag =~ /<(input|textarea|select)/
    first_whitespace = html_tag =~ /\s/
    html_tag[first_whitespace] = " style='#{error_style}' "
  end
  html_tag
end


See my blog.inquirylabs.com for more Rails stuff.
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