Setting a field with restrictionsAdded by IBM on May 2, 2012 | Version 1 (Original)
|When creating fields, you will often want to specify the kind of information that the user can type into the field. For example, you might want a field to accept only numerical values or set the field so that the user must fill it out.
When creating fields, you will often want to specify the kind of information that the user can type into the field. For example, you might want a field to accept only numerical values or set the field so that the user must fill it out.
This exercise guides you through setting up a field with restrictions.
Parent topic: Tutorial: Creating a simple form
- Copy and paste the Destination: label and field.
- Move the copied label and field below the Return Date: label.
- Change the name of the label to Estimated cost:
- Double-click on the field to open the Properties window.
- Click the check box beside Required.
A check mark will appear in the box, signifying the label is now mandatory.
- Click the Format tab, located to the right of the Field tab. Set the Type to Currency.
This action will set this field to only accept numerical entries. If a user attempts to enter letters, the field will remain blank.
- Click OK to apply changes and close the Properties window.
- Click File -> Save.
- Click the Viewer tab preview your work.
Note: Mandatory fields have a yellow background. If you type a character, nothing is entered in the field. If you type a number, and then tab out of the field, the number is displayed with a currency symbol. The background color is not visible in the design canvas, but will appear when you switch to the Viewer mode to preview and test the form.
- Click the Design tab to return to designing your form.