The Text Field is one of the most common question types, and the most flexible in what it can collect. You can use it to collect contact information for a person who does not yet exist in your backoffice system, for a customer's email address (so that you can email them a copy of the form submission later), numeric quantities, or numeric readings about an asset.
It is limited to 255 characters; if you're looking for something to hold larger blocks of text, use the Text Area question type.
An example of a Text Field on an iOS device is shown below:
In the Form Builder, the Text Field question appears as shown below:
The Question Edit screen for the Text Field has three tabs: General, Properties, and Help Options. This article will go through each of the tabs.
The Unique ID is the reference for the question. For more information on Unique IDs, read: Overview: Unique IDs. It can either be auto-generated based on the question text, or customized.
Data Types are the kind of information your mobile users will be putting into these questions. Setting a data type forces users to enter the kind of information you want in the correct format. This also ensures that the entered data can be used elsewhere in your business process, whether that's by other questions in the form, or in a data destination.
The Text Field supports the following data types:
|Free Text||URL||Phone Number||Integer||Decimal||Currency|
Restrictions control how your mobile users interact with a question. They can be set on the question itself, or controlled by Conditional Logic.
|Required||Read-Only||Hidden on Device||Hidden in Reports|
Properties allow you to set up your question in various ways. Question Properties change depending on the data type chosen.
|Free Text||Email/URL/Phone Number||Integer/Decimal/Currency|
Adding "Help" content to forms gives mobile users access to support and other resources out in the field. Help content is available to users through a button embedded beside a question. Any question in the form can include a link to Youtube videos, web pages, or HTML-formatted work instructions.
For more information on Help Content, please read: V2 Forms: Adding Help Content to Questions