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Access Mobile Editor Settings

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This topic demonstrates how to access editors in a Detail View using a View Controller. This Controller searches the Contact Detail View for an Anniversary Property Editor that binds data to a control. Then, the Controller sets the control's placeholder to "N/A" to bring the unspecified Anniversary property to the user's attention. The "N/A" text is displayed when the Detail View is in the Edit Mode (DetailView.ViewEditMode).

To see the code demonstrated in this topic, access the MainDemo.Module.Mobile | Controllers folder and open the MobileNullTextEditorController.cs (MobileNullTextEditorController.vb) file. The MainDemo application is installed in %PUBLIC%\Documents\DevExpress Demos 18.2\Components\eXpressApp Framework\MainDemo by default. The Mobile version is also available online.

The following code demonstrates the MobileNullTextEditorController:

using DevExpress.ExpressApp;
using DevExpress.ExpressApp.Editors;
using DevExpress.ExpressApp.Mobile.Editors;
using DevExpress.ExpressApp.Mobile.MobileModel;
using DevExpress.ExpressApp.Utils;
// ...
public partial class MobileNullTextEditorController : ViewController {
    public MobileNullTextEditorController() {
    private void InitNullText(MobilePropertyEditor propertyEditor) {
        if(propertyEditor.ViewEditMode == DevExpress.ExpressApp.Editors.ViewEditMode.Edit) {
            ((DateBox)propertyEditor.Control)["inputAttr"] = new Dictionary<string, object> {
                { "placeholder", CaptionHelper.NullValueText }
    private void propertyEditor_ControlCreated(object sender, EventArgs e) {
    protected override void OnActivated() {
        MobilePropertyEditor propertyEditor = 
((DetailView)View).FindItem("Anniversary") as MobilePropertyEditor;
        if(propertyEditor != null) {
            if(propertyEditor.Control != null) {
            else {
                propertyEditor.ControlCreated += new EventHandler<EventArgs>(propertyEditor_ControlCreated);
    protected override void OnDeactivated() {
        ViewItem propertyEditor = ((DetailView)View).FindItem("Anniversary");
        if(propertyEditor != null) {
            propertyEditor.ControlCreated -= new EventHandler<EventArgs>(propertyEditor_ControlCreated);

Note that the MobileNullTextEditorController uses the CaptionHelper.NullValueText property to get a localized "N/A" text.

Run the Mobile application and open the Contact Detail View. The Anniversary editor shows the "N/A" text if the editor's value is unspecified.


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