QLineEdit::setValidator(const QValidator*) validates the QLineEdit::displayText() not QLineEdit::text()

  • Let's say you want to create a QLineEdit that allows the user to enter an IPv4/6 address.


    QLineEdit* ipAddressEditor = new QLineEdit;
    ipAddressEditor->setInputMask( ";_" ); // IP address; blanks are _ - the example is taken from Qt library 4.8's "QLineEdit documentation":http://qt-project.org/doc/qt-4.8/qlineedit.html#inputMask-prop
    ipAddressEditor->setValidator(new IpAddressValidator( ipAddressEditor ) );


    class IpAddressValidator : public QValidator
    explicit IpAddressValidator( QObject* parent = 0 );

    virtual State validate( QString& input, int& pos ) const { ... }



    The input mask ";_" is taken from Qt library 4.8's "QLineEdit documentation":http://qt-project.org/doc/qt-4.8/qlineedit.html#inputMask-prop.

    QLineEdit gives its displayText member function value ("127.__0.__0.__1" for instance) as input parameter to the IpAddressValidator instead of the value of its text member function ("").

    The question:

    Shouldn't there be another property of QLineEdit that allows the client of QLineEdit to explicitly specify which property - displayText or text should be taken in consideration by the validator?

    Should a feature request/bug report be filed for this case?

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