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Instances of NSNumberFormatter format the textual representation of cells that contain NSNumber objects and convert textual representations of numeric values into NSNumber objects. The representation encompasses integers, floats, and doubles; floats and doubles can be formatted to a specified decimal position. NSNumberFormatter objects can also impose ranges on the numeric values cells can accept.

This seems like it should be a simple thing to find, but I’ve searched around and I can’t seem to find any information.

I have an NSTextField and I want to limit the text input to be numbers. The only way I can see is to intercept each key event and delete the text if they enter anything other than a number (or similarly use a text changed event to do this).

Is there a nice clean way to do this like putting a filter on the text field to only accept characters from a certain set? Or am I just having a pipe dream from prior programming work in Java?

Oh, I forgot that everything in Cocoa is done in the “cell” class (not the main class). It turns out that I was looking for [NSCell setFormatter:]. Here’s a nice document describing how to use data formatters:

I kept searching for “NSTextField filter”. Using the right language when searching is half the battle. Hopefully the keywords in this non-discussion will help someone else out. :)

I worked on this for the last week, but I cannot get this fixed. Google only knows about the problem, but nobody solved it yet. What I want is:

Subclass an NSNumberFormatter with:

I hope someone can help me out!

This might help with getting $ 0.00 instead of 0. In a subclass of NSNumberFormatter, override the -stringForObjectValue: method to detect the case where the default formatter returns “0”. Substitute a properly formatted zero value instead.

This is a known bug in Tiger’s NSNumberFormatterBehavior10_4, but apparently fixed in Leopard. See for the details.

– BillGarrison