prevent iphone default keyboard when focusing an <input>

this is how i'm trying

<script type="text/javascript">
     $(document).ready(function(){
        $('#dateIn,#dateOut').click(function(e){
            e.preventDefault();
        }); 
     });
</script>

but the input stills 'launching' iphone's keyboard

ps: i want to do this because i'm using datepicker plugin for date

Answers:

Answer

By adding the attribute readonly (or readonly="readonly") to the input field you should prevent anyone typing anything in it, but still be able to launch a click event on it.

This is also usefull in non-mobile devices as you use a date/time picker

Answer

You can add a callback function to your DatePicker to tell it to blur the input field before showing the DatePicker.

$('.selector').datepicker({
   beforeShow: function(){$('input').blur();}
});

Note: The iOS keyboard will appear for a fraction of a second and then hide.

Answer

I asked a similar question here and got a fantastic answer - use the iPhone native datepicker - it's great.

How to turn off iPhone keypad for a specified input field on web page

Synopsis / pseudo-code:

if small screen mobile device 

  set field type to "date" - e.g. document.getElementById('my_field').type = "date";
  // input fields of type "date" invoke the iPhone datepicker.

else

  init datepicker - e.g. $("#my_field").datepicker();

The reason for dynamically setting the field type to "date" is that Opera will pop up its own native datepicker otherwise, and I'm assuming you want to show the datepicker consistently on desktop browsers.

Answer

Since I can't comment on the top comment, I'm forced to submit an "answer."

The problem with the selected answer is that setting the field to readonly takes the field out of the tab order on the iPhone. So if you like entering forms by hitting "next", you'll skip right over the field.

Answer

Best way to solve this as per my opinion is Using "ignoreReadonly".

First make the input field readonly then add ignoreReadonly:true. This will make sure that even if the text field is readonly , popup will show.

$('#txtStartDate').datetimepicker({
            locale: "da",
            format: "DD/MM/YYYY",
            ignoreReadonly: true
        });
        $('#txtEndDate').datetimepicker({
            locale: "da",
            useCurrent: false,
            format: "DD/MM/YYYY",
            ignoreReadonly: true
        });
});
Answer

Below code works for me:

<input id="myDatePicker" class="readonlyjm"/>


$('#myDatePicker').datepicker({
/* options */
});

$('.readonlyjm').on('focus',function(){
$(this).trigger('blur');
});
Answer

So here is my solution (similar to John Vance's answer):

First go here and get a function to detect mobile browsers.

http://detectmobilebrowsers.com/

They have a lot of different ways to detect if you are on mobile, so find one that works with what you are using.

Your HTML page (pseudo code):

If Mobile Then
    <input id="selling-date" type="date" placeholder="YYYY-MM-DD" max="2999-12-31" min="2010-01-01" value="2015-01-01" />
else
    <input id="selling-date" type="text" class="date-picker" readonly="readonly" placeholder="YYYY-MM-DD" max="2999-12-31" min="2010-01-01" value="2015-01-01" />

JQuery:

$( ".date-picker" ).each(function() {
    var min = $( this ).attr("min");
    var max = $( this ).attr("max");
    $( this ).datepicker({ 
        dateFormat: "yy-mm-dd",  
        minDate: min,  
        maxDate: max  
    });
});

This way you can still use native date selectors in mobile while still setting the min and max dates either way.

The field for non mobile should be read only because if a mobile browser like chrome for ios "requests desktop version" then they can get around the mobile check and you still want to prevent the keyboard from showing up.

However if the field is read only it could look to a user like they cant change the field. You could fix this by changing the CSS to make it look like it isn't read only (ie change border-color to black) but unless you are changing the CSS for all input tags you will find it hard to keep the look consistent across browsers.

To get arround that I just add a calendar image button to the date picker. Just change your JQuery code a bit:

$( ".date-picker" ).each(function() {
    var min = $( this ).attr("min");
    var max = $( this ).attr("max");
    $( this ).datepicker({ 
        dateFormat: "yy-mm-dd",  
        minDate: min,  
        maxDate: max,
        showOn: "both",
        buttonImage: "images/calendar.gif",
        buttonImageOnly: true,
        buttonText: "Select date"
    });
});

Note: you will have to find a suitable image.

Answer

@rene-pot is correct. You will however have a not-allowed sign on the desktop version of the website. Way around this, apply the readonly="true" to a div that will show up on the mobile view only and not on desktop. See what we did here http://www.naivashahotels.com/naivasha-hotels/lake-naivasha-country-club/

Answer

I have a little generic "no keyboard" script - works for me with Android and iPhone:

  $('.readonlyJim').on('focus', function () {
      $(this).trigger('blur')
  })

Simply attach add class readonlyJim to the input tag and voila.

(*Sorry too much StarTrek here)

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