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Using GetValue() with a customized form field table cell

May 12, 2014 at 7:35 PM

I have a standard out of the box form that uses jQuery to prepend a span element to each table cell on the form that contains a SP choice field (radio buttons) when the page loads. I do this so that [descriptional] text appears above each field, instead of below each field (like the default field description text does).

I noticed that when I use GetSPField.GetValue() or GetSPFieldByInternalName.GetValue() to get the values from these [choice] fields, that the value always comes back as null. However, if I don't prepend the span, the value is successfully returned. Is this possibly because the SPUtility.js code is grabbing the first child within the form field's table cell?
May 13, 2014 at 1:19 AM
Edited May 13, 2014 at 1:19 AM
You are correct, it uses the first child span as the "Controls" property in most of the fields.

Line 405 in
this.Controls = $(fieldParams.controlsCell).children()[0];

I think if you let SPUtility load first, call GetSPField or GetSPFieldByInternalName to get a reference to the field, and then add the span element to each table cell then everything should work ok.