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  1. PUBLIC - Liferay Portal Community Edition
  2. LPS-124991

Blank option is wrongfully present in options of a required web content select field


    • Type: Regression Bug
    • Status: Verified
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Affects Version/s: 7.3.10 DXP GA1
    • Fix Version/s: None
    • Component/s: Dynamic Data Mapping
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      After reading 

      1. LPS-72849

      It looks like a required field in web content should not be allowed to be submitted blank. However since 7.1 there has been an additional (and unhelpful) possibility of submitting a null value when adding web content using the select drop down fields.

      The HTML now present in the dropdowns allows for a null value to be selected on a required field:

      <option class="" selected="" value=""></option>


      The basic premise of a required field would be that a choice must be made. However, this blank option is allowing users to make nothing as a choice which is frustrating to template developers because this has been forced upon them by Liferay. Having a user choose nothing in a required field frustrates a developer trying to test against that value.

      There shouldn't be a blank entry being inserted by Liferay even in non-required fields simply because null values do break Freemarker rendering if not handled by the template developer. In particular as is the case in my case where 7.0 did not have this blank option and now DXP does all the templates created under 7.0 wouldn't have considered this null value. Template developers are capable of giving their users a "skip option" option in their structures, they don't need null values like this.


      No blank or null option in a required field, this blank option should be omitted. From a UX perspective the user shouldn't be given a blank list item because it's meaningless. There should be wording such as "None", "Default", "Not Applicable". Which would look like:

      <option value="usernull">Not Applicable</option>

      Blank Option is present as the first option, if selected on a required field the form can't be submitted to this blank option should be omitted.


      I've attached the template and structure being used to test in 7.3.10 GA1.


      There is a workaround also in the admin theme jQuery in portal_normal.ftl can target and remove these blank options:

      $(document).on('click', '#content .portlet-journal-content .lfr-ddm-field-group select.form-control', function() {
         if($(this).find('option').get(0).value.length == 0) {




            support-lep@liferay.com SE Support
            lee.jordan1 Lee Jordan
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