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Since 3.0

Displays a dialog that asks users to confirm or cancel their actions.

See the ICEfaces Showcase Live Demo of this component, complete with source code.

Getting Started

            <ace:confirmationDialog widgetVar="confirmation"
                                            message="This is a modal dialog"
                                            header="Modal Dialog"
                <h:panelGrid width="100%" style="text-align: center;" columns="2" cellspacing="30">
                    <h:commandButton value="Yes" onclick="confirmation.hide()"/>
                    <h:commandButton value="No" onclick="confirmation.hide()"/>


TagLib Documentation
This section covers attributes involved in the typical use-cases for this component. For reference, the complete taglib documentation for this component is available here.

modal specifies whether the document should be shielded with a partially transparent mask.

draggable allows the user to drag the dialog using its header.

closable specifies whether the dialog should have a close button in the header.

closeOnEscape specifies if dialog should be closed when escape key is pressed.

header is text for the header.

message is text to be displayed in body.

Event Listeners


Client Behavior Events


JavaScript API

ICEfaces 3.x

The client side confirmation dialog object is exposed through the global variable name specified in the widgetVar attribute. You can use the hide() and show() methods to hide and show the confirmation dialog on the client side:

            <h:commandButton onclick=";" ... />
            <ace:confirmationDialog widgetVar="sampleDialog" ... >
                <h:commandButton onclick="sampleDialog.hide();" ... />

ICEfaces 4+

The "widgetVar" attribute on the ACE components has been removed in ICEfaces 4 and in its place a new "ice.ace.instance()" client JavaScript object lookup API has been introduced. The reason for this change is to enable lazy-initialization of the ACE component JavaScript objects to improve runtime performance and reduce browser memory use.

widget = ice.ace.instance('frm:myDialog');

To illustrate this change, see the before and after code example below.

Before (ICEfaces 3 API)
<h:commandButton id="show" value="Show Dialog" onclick=";" type="button"/>

<ace:confirmationDialog id="myDialog"
            header="A sample confirmation dialog overview example"
After (ICEfaces 4 API)
<h:commandButton id="show" value="Show Confirmation Dialog" onclick="ice.ace.instance('myDialog').show();" type="button"/>

<ace:dialog id="myDialog"
            header="A sample dialog overview example"
The ice.ace.instance approach for showing confirmation dialogs requires the full client id of the confirmation dialog to be specified, such as "j_idt77:qrDialog" instead of just "qrDialog". To reduce the complexity of working with complete IDs for showing/hiding confirmation dialogs it may be preferable in some cases to locate confirmation dialogs inside of forms with <h:form prependId="false"> specified.

Keyboard and ARIA Support

The following ARIA roles are supported: dialog, button.

CSS Classes

The following markup represents the basic HTML structure of the component and the CSS classes it uses.

<!-- Root container -->
	<div class="ui-dialog ui-widget ui-widget-content ui-corner-all [user defined classes]" style="[user defined styles]">
		<div class="ui-dialog-titlebar ui-widget-header ui-corner-all ui-helper-clearfix">
			<span class="ui-dialog-title" >Title</span>
			<!-- Close button -->
			<a class="ui-dialog-titlebar-close ui-corner-all"><span class="ui-icon ui-icon-closethick"></span></a>
		<div class="ui-dialog-content ui-widget-content">
				<span class="ui-icon ui-icon-alert"></span>
			<div class="ui-dialog-buttonpane ui-widget-content ui-helper-clearfix">
				<!-- Body content -->

Known Issues

The following effects have been disabled due to errors or odd behaviours:

  • 'pulsate' on hide for all browsers .
  • 'highlight' and 'bounce' on hide for IE7 and IE8.
  • 'puff' on hide for IE7.
  • 'puff' and 'scale' on show for IE7.
  • 'explode' on show for IE7 and IE8.

Dialog closes unexpectedly at the first request when having cleared the cache and pasted the URL
This situation can occur because JSF needs to add or remove two hidden fields to the form (javax.faces.ViewState and javax.faces.ClientWindow) when loading the page in this way. The domdiff causes a full form update, and all the components inside the form are re-initialized to their original state, which in the case of the dialog is closed. This situation can be avoided by redirecting to the page where this occurs by creating a jsp file whose contents are only <% response.sendRedirect("<target-page>.jsf"); %>. This can also be avoided if the visible property is set to true in the server when the dialog is opened.

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