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jsf with dojo calendar

prathima krishna

Joined: Jun 22, 2010
Posts: 3
Hi , I am using dojo calendar [i.e dijit.form.DateTextBox ]in jsf
I am using <rich:tab>, on clicking of the tab i am loading a new page which has the below calendar field.

using it in the following way

<div jsf2dojo='true' name="divname" id="createdDateFromDiv">
<h:inputText id="createdDateFrom" lang="#{refundSearchBean.isArabic?'ar-eg':'en-us'}" value="#{declarationSearchBean.criteria.createdDateFrom}" >
<f:convertDateTime type="date" pattern="yyyy-MM-dd" />

Using the <h:inputText> for loading the calendar

On click of the tab [for the page now to refresh the tabs are in an output panel and i am Rerender the tabs and call the app page.] i am calling a javascript function

<script type="text/javascript" src="../../scripts/dojo.xd.js" djConfig="parseOnLoad: true, extraLocale: ['ar-eg']"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
var TYPE_MAP = {
text : 'dijit.form.DateTextBox',
textarea : 'dijit.form.Textarea'
function init(){
var jsfContainerList = dojo.query("[jsf2dojo='true']");
for(var i=0; i < jsfContainerList.length;i++){
var jsfWidget =_getJsfWidget(jsfContainerList[i]);
if(!jsfWidget) continue;
if('input' == jsfWidget.tagName.toLowerCase() && 'text' == jsfWidget.type.toLowerCase()){
jsfWidget.setAttribute('constraints',"{datePattern:'dd/MM/yyyy', min:'2000-01-01',max:'2020-12-31'}")
dojo.parser.parse(jsfContainerList[i]);//parse wrapper node

function _getJsfWidget(node){
var childNodes = node.childNodes;
for(var i = 0; i < childNodes.length; i++){
if(1 == childNodes[i].nodeType){
return childNodes[i];
return null;

Since the dojo calendar is placed in the <a4jutputPanel> and it is ReRendered the calendar does not load.

Any solutions ?
Tim Holloway
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Joined: Jun 25, 2001
Posts: 16540

Welcome to the JavaRanch, Prathima!

I have been very disappointed in dijit. I've had reliability problems with it, issues with how it basically breaks controls into multiple internal parts that don't map well to the visible declaration, and it's more complex than I like. Also, I've gotten the impression that support for it is less than I'd expected.

In JSF, you're better off using one of the JSF calendar custom controls such as the Tomahawk or RichFaces calendars. Although they can be a little complicated to set up initially, they work simply and reliably and don't require that you write any javascript code to make them work.

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