Composition Events(Chinese, Japanese IME) problem in controlled components(input, textarea) #8683

eyesofkids opened this Issue Jan 4, 2017 · 1 comment


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What is the current behavior?

There is a existed issue #3926 but it is just one of the problems in some kind of browsers.

I have uploaded the detail, demo files, test results and temporary solution in react-compositionevent

The main problem is when users type these words from IME(Chinese, Japanese or maybe Korean) and do something like search the database or filter out from some data, sometimes these functions will be unworkable. For example, if users type "ni" during the composition session, maybe it will be one of "你尼泥腻" in Chinese or one of "にニ尼煮" in Japanese. But in this moment, the change event also be fired. If the search or filter functions of the application are designed to be invoked when change event occured, there maybe something wrong logically. These functions should be invoked after users finished the composition session.

In React, there are three synthetic events - onCompositionEnd, onCompositionStart and onCompositionUpdate. If the input components(<input...> and <textarea.../>) are "uncontrolled", we can use them to help onChange to capture the text correctly. The only different point is Google Chrome change its events sequence after v53. Check Cinput.js and Ctextarea.js files.

But if these input components are "controlled", it will be hard to solve the problem.

Because these the value of a controlled component is came from state. We can't modify state directly and the only way to update state is using this.setState() to schedule update. But this.setState() may be asynchronous.

After test, i found different OS/browsers could have different results. I have written some code to solve it. But i thought it isn't a good solution. It uses the browser detection and two properties of the state object. One is for input, another is for internal functions(search, filter...etc). It can't just use one property of the state object because i can't stop any change events, state need it to update the value of the input element. If i stop some change events during composition session, i would get nothing after typing these words from IME.

If the current behavior is a bug, please provide the steps to reproduce and if possible a minimal demo of the problem via or similar (template:

You can use online test demo:
or use a normal input component(controlled/uncontrolled) to test.

What is the expected behavior?

The input(and textarea) controlled components in React should ensure these fired "change" and "composition" events is consistent in different browsers. I found there are 3 different results(events fired sequence) at least.

Which versions of React, and which browser / OS are affected by this issue? Did this work in previous versions of React?

  • React 15.4.1
  • browsers: chrome, firefox, safari, opera, ie, edge
  • OS: macOS, win7, win10

related to pull request #8438

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