Instance Method


The default implementation of this method raises an exception.


func string(for obj: Any?) -> String?



The object for which a textual representation is returned.

Return Value

An NSString object that textually represents object for display. Returns nil if object is not of the correct class.


When implementing a subclass, return the NSString object that textually represents the cell’s object for display and—if editingString(for:) is unimplemented—for editing. First test the passed-in object to see if it’s of the correct class. If it isn’t, return nil; but if it is of the right class, return a properly formatted and, if necessary, localized string. (See the specification of the NSString class for formatting and localizing details.)

The following implementation (which is paired with the getObjectValue(_:for:errorDescription:) example above) prefixes a two-digit float representation with a dollar sign:

- (NSString *)stringForObjectValue:(id)anObject {
    if (![anObject isKindOfClass:[NSNumber class]]) {
        return nil;
    return [NSString stringWithFormat:@"$%.2f", [anObject  floatValue]];

See Also

Getting Textual Representations of Object Values

func attributedString(for: Any, withDefaultAttributes: [NSAttributedString.Key : Any]?) -> NSAttributedString?

The default implementation returns nil to indicate that the formatter object does not provide an attributed string.

func editingString(for: Any) -> String?

The default implementation of this method invokes string(for:).

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