Instance Method


Returns a Boolean value that indicates whether a partial string is valid.


- (BOOL)isPartialStringValid:(NSString *)partialString newEditingString:(NSString * _Nullable *)newString errorDescription:(NSString * _Nullable *)error;



The text currently in a cell.


If partialString needs to be modified, upon return contains the replacement string.


If non-nil, if validation fails contains an NSString object that describes the problem.

Return Value

YES if partialString is an acceptable value, otherwise NO.


This method is invoked each time the user presses a key while the cell has the keyboard focus—it lets you verify and edit the cell text as the user types it.

In a subclass implementation, evaluate partialString according to the context, edit the text if necessary, and return by reference any edited string in newString. Return YES if partialString is acceptable and NO if partialString is unacceptable. If you return NO and newString is nil, the cell displays partialString minus the last character typed. If you return NO, you can also return by indirection an NSString object (in error) that explains the reason why the validation failed; the delegate (if any) of the NSControl object managing the cell can then respond to the failure in control:didFailToValidatePartialString:errorDescription:. The selection range will always be set to the end of the text if replacement occurs.

This method is a compatibility method. If a subclass overrides this method and does not override isPartialStringValid:proposedSelectedRange:originalString:originalSelectedRange:errorDescription:, this method will be called as before (isPartialStringValid:proposedSelectedRange:originalString:originalSelectedRange:errorDescription: just calls this one by default).

See Also

Validating Partial Strings

- isPartialStringValid:proposedSelectedRange:originalString:originalSelectedRange:errorDescription:

This method should be implemented in subclasses that want to validate user changes to a string in a field, where the user changes are not necessarily at the end of the string, and preserve the selection (or set a different one, such as selecting the erroneous part of the string the user has typed).