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Thursday, 5 September 2019

Paste from clipboard in Oracle APEX

Since APEX makes it so nifty, I've got a few pages simply used as query tools - handy to verify data during development.

I also use these pages to experiment with UX, and recently I thought I could save myself pressing ctrl+v to paste my ID into a field for lookup.

I knew we had done something recently for adding content to the clipboard, so I figured there would be a way to paste clipboard content into a field.


Sure enough, Dr Google had the answers, though it's bleeding edge. Good enough to experiment with.

For me, adapting this response to APEX meant setting the provided field name.

I added this to my JS global declaration.
async function paste(input) {
  const text = await navigator.clipboard.readText();

  $s(input, text);
}
And this when I clicked the button to action the paste, I nominate the item I want the clipboard data to be copied into.
paste('P105_EVENT_ID');

An on-change dynamic action on this field would add a member to the collection, and refresh a number of regions that query the collection.

Don't forget to add Page Items to Submit

I have an example here.
https://apex.oracle.com/pls/apex/f?p=32532:22

I thought I noticed a potential odd behaviour with this, possibly due to the async action.
Therefore I've created an example with a few regions, and I'll try throttling the connection to see if that highlights the behaviour.

And so now I have this as a handy reference, I'll demonstrate some APEX collections and regular expression behaviour while I'm at it.

2 comments:

  1. Hi. thank you for your post.
    I am using oracle apex 19.1.
    I get the following error:
    "Uncaught (in promise) TypeError: Cannot read property 'readText' of undefined"
    thank you in advance

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  2. If will depend on the browser you're using. It's a fairly new feature, it probably doesn't yet have widespread browser support.

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