User info triggered from wf condition

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User info triggered from wf condition

Postby hseifert » Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:03 pm


currently I'm writing some Workflow Conditions using the JavaScript-Extension. I want to give our users a helpful hint what they should do if a condition script returns false. Is there any possibility to do that? Like alert(); or anything else?

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Re: User info triggered from wf condition

Postby SteffPoint » Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:21 pm


I know it has been a while since this question was asked, but I am also interested what "workarounds" other Polarion-users utilize.

As far as I know, the JavaScript method "alert()" doesn't work, as the workflow-script isn't executed in a webbrowser (delivering the "window"-instance, which alert() takes use of), but on the server.

Current workaround we use is the returnvalue-method:

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var returnvalue = "";
   returnvalue = "\n x is higher than 1";

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Re: User info triggered from wf condition

Postby PatrickClaus » Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:13 pm

As Steffen mentioned, in workflow conditions this seems to be the preferred way.
Calling alert() is not possible, but showing a tooltip / hover explanation via string is possible.


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var return = "Status Transition blocked: Workitem field must be so_and_so!";

var field = workflowContext.workItem.getCustomField("some_field");
if (field .getId() == "desired_value")) {
   ret = true;      


This way, the condition will return "true" and pass if the if-condition is met.
Otherwise, it will return the first defined String as message for the User, on Hover over the blocked status transition.
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