Trackball doesn't give me click events, but touch screen does

by Jesse McGrew » Sat, 07 Mar 2009 10:53:20 GMT

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  have a list activity that creates a header row above the data rows
from the adapter. I want to receive click events when the user selects
the header or a data row (but my data rows have check boxes in them,
so this part is tricky). When I use the touch screen, I get this
expected behavior:

1. Tapping on any row causes a click event and a dialog appears.
2. Long-pressing on a data row causes a context menu to appear.
3. Long-pressing on the header row does *not* show the context menu.

However, when I use the arrow keys (emulator) or trackball (G1), I get
this unexpected behavior:

1. Selecting any row fails to cause any click events, even though the
row's appearance changes like it's being clicked.
2. Long-pressing on the header row *does* show the context menu, which
I don't want.
3. Occasionally, it doesn't focus the correct row when I move up or
down (e.g. it skips from the header to the last data row).

What am I doing wrong?


(Complete project:

////////// //////////

package com.hansprestige.DpadBug;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.ContextMenu;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.ViewGroup;
import android.view.ContextMenu.ContextMenuInfo;
import android.view.View.OnClickListener;
import android.widget.ArrayAdapter;
import android.widget.ListView;

public class DpadBugActivity extends ListActivity {
private static final int DIALOG_TEST = 1;

private OnClickListener testListener = new OnClickListener() {
public void onClick(View v) {

public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

ListView lv = getListView();


View addItem = getLayoutInflater().inflate
null, false);


private void fillData()
String[] items = new String[] { "Item A", "Item B", "Item C" };
ArrayAdapter<String> adapter = new ArrayAdapter<String>(this,
R.layout.list_row,, items) {
public View getView(int position, View convertView, ViewGroup
parent) {
View v = super.getView(position, convertView, parent);
return v;

protected Dialog onCreateDialog(int id) {
switch (id) {
return new AlertDialog.Builder(this)
.setPositiveButton("Close", null)
return super.onCreateDialog(id);

public void onCreateContextMenu(ContextMenu menu, View v,

Trackball doesn't give me click events, but touch screen does

by Jesse McGrew » Wed, 11 Mar 2009 08:31:10 GMT


On Mar 5, 6:54pm, Jesse McGrew <> wrote:

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Trackball doesn't give me click events, but touch screen does

by Streets Of Boston » Wed, 11 Mar 2009 12:17:51 GMT

 'm not sure, but try this:
Add a key-event listener to your item instead of the onClick:

And in that listener, handle the key-codes KeyEvent.KEYCODE_DPAD_x
where x = CENTER, DOWN, UP, LEFT or RIGHT.

On Mar 10, 8:30pm, Jesse McGrew <> wrote:

Trackball doesn't give me click events, but touch screen does

by Romain Guy (Google) » Thu, 12 Mar 2009 07:39:03 GMT

 i Jesse,

You should **not** set individual click listeners on the list items.
This will cause all sort of problems, like the ones you're seeing. The
main reason behind that is that ListView handles clicks/long clicks on
the items already. Instead you should use

On Mar 5, 6:54pm, Jesse McGrew <> wrote:

Trackball doesn't give me click events, but touch screen does

by Jesse McGrew » Thu, 12 Mar 2009 08:57:48 GMT


Thanks for your response. I'm not sure if that approach will work,
though. My ListActivity's onListItemClick() method is called when I
click on an item with the trackball, but *not* when I touch it.

Perhaps the root problem is that my list rows have focusable items in
them (check boxes). The built-in Alarm Clock application has something
similar, though, and I can see from the source code that Alarm Clock
sets individual click listeners on the check boxes and the clock

I'm trying to get the same behavior as Alarm Clock, where tapping on a
list row brings up an activity to edit the row, and the check box can
only be selected by tapping on the check box itself. I think that
precludes using multiple-choice mode for the list view, correct?


On Mar 11, 4:38pm, "Romain Guy (Google)" <>

Trackball doesn't give me click events, but touch screen does

by Jesse McGrew » Thu, 12 Mar 2009 09:07:26 GMT


It looks like I can handle both cases by setting a click listener on
the row *and* responding to onListItemClick().

Now I wonder if there's a way to make the context menu only appear for
data rows, not the list header row. (This works as expected with
touch, but with the trackball, I still get a context menu on the
header row.)


Trackball doesn't give me click events, but touch screen does

by Jesse McGrew » Thu, 12 Mar 2009 09:28:57 GMT


Interesting. Unfortunately I can't find any examples of TouchDelegate,
and the class documentation is confusing.

I gather that I need to pass the bounds of the check box (relative to
its container) into the TouchDelegate constructor. Once I have a
TouchDelegate instance, what do I do with it? I see a method called
setTouchDelegate() - do I call that on the check box, the list row, or
the view group that directly contains the check box? And is that
method enough to get the touch events relayed to the delegate, or do I
need to listen for touch events and forward them myself?


Trackball doesn't give me click events, but touch screen does

by Jesse McGrew » Thu, 12 Mar 2009 10:01:31 GMT


Also: would it still be possible to focus the check box using the
trackball? I assumed TouchDelegates were only for touch, and so the
trackball would only be able to move between list rows. In AlarmClock,
the trackball can move horizontally between the clock view and check
box inside a row, as well as moving vertically between rows.


Trackball doesn't give me click events, but touch screen does

by Jesse McGrew » Thu, 12 Mar 2009 11:07:36 GMT

 Aha! Adding a call to that method fixes both the context menu problem
and the click handler problem. Thanks.



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