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Old December 23rd, 2012, 02:21 AM
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I'm trying to do the Chapter 4 exercise with the simple EditText and ListView controls. However, my emulator isn't catching the "Enter" key of the soft keyboard.

If I use the D button then the program catches the "myEditText.setOnKeyListener", but the soft keyboard does not capture it.

I am using an emulator set to target Android 4.2 on a Nexus S.

How can I catch the "enter" event from the soft keyboard?
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I found an answer to my own question. I had to do a couple of things:

1. I needed to make the EditText accept single line input only. I did this in the <EditText> node (I also set the button to "Done"):

2. Next, in the onCreate() I added the following after the "myListView.setAdapter(aa);" line:

// Catch the "done" button on softkeyboard
myEditText.setOnEditorActionListener(new EditText.OnEditorActionListener(){
public boolean onEditorAction(TextView v, int actionId, KeyEvent event) {
if (actionId == EditorInfo.IME_ACTION_DONE){
//done Clicked
addTextToListView(myEditText, todoItems, aa);
return true;
return false;

Special thanks to myself for the answer. You're welcome, myself!

And if anyone wants to add that to the next version of the book then please send me the commission or royalties via PayPal or cheque.
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I had the same problem. Further reading reveals that View.OnKeyListener will ONLY respond to hardware keys, not the soft on-screen keypad. If you set the emulator to assume a hardware keyboard, then your pc keys WILL trigger the listener, but the diagram on page 114 shows soft keyboard is active & I took this to mean that the soft RETURN would be admissible, but clearly not. I assume that for this example the emulator has to be setup to mimic a hardware D-Pad & Return key.

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