I wish to override the behavior from the ENTER key from the virtual keyboard to ensure that:

  • when you will find more fields on screen, it 'tabs' to another area
  • when it's the final area from the screen, it works the default action from the screen

I have been having fun with the IME options and labels, but simply do not get things i want. Anybody an indicator?

With help on another forum, I discovered the best way to get it done.

To really make it multiple-use, I've produced my very own super dialog class that consists of 2 OnKeyListener objects as well as an abstract submit method:

public abstract class MyAbstractDialog extends Dialog {

/**
 * OnKeyListener that puts the focus down when the ENTER key is pressed
 */
protected View.OnKeyListener onEnterFocusDown = new View.OnKeyListener() {

                @Override
                public boolean onKey(View v, int keyCode, KeyEvent event) {
                if ((event.getAction() == KeyEvent.ACTION_DOWN) &&
                            (keyCode == KeyEvent.KEYCODE_ENTER)) {
                                v.requestFocus(View.FOCUS_DOWN);
                        return true;
                }
                        return false;
                }
        };

/**
 * OnKeyListener that submits the page when the ENTER key is pressed
 */
protected View.OnKeyListener onEnterSubmitView = new View.OnKeyListener() {

                @Override
                public boolean onKey(View v, int keyCode, KeyEvent event) {
                if ((event.getAction() == KeyEvent.ACTION_DOWN) &&
                            (keyCode == KeyEvent.KEYCODE_ENTER)) {
                                submitView(v);
                        return true;
                }
                        return false;
                }
        };
        protected abstract void submitView(View v);

}

Now within the Dialog I'm able to begin using these objects to create on my small fields:

// make the ENTER key on passwordField1 put the focus on the next field
passwordField1.setOnKeyListener(onEnterFocusDown);

// make the ENTER key on passwordField2 submit the page
passwordField2.setOnKeyListener(onEnterSubmitView);