Date & Time

A Date:Time widget allows the selection of a date, time or date:time. You may use the today keyword when setting the default property for dates. When displayed in the mobile app, the date:time control also provides a Now button.


Caption text - The caption is used in most cases to ask the question. In others it may be a column heading. This is a required field. Please keep in mind that captions will wrap when form elements do not fit within the width of the screen. It is important to consider how your captions will be displayed. Captions on a larger screen might look perfect, but on a smaller device, they may be forced to wrap several times. In this situations, smaller captions should be used where possible.

Hint - Providing additional information on how a question should be answered can be achieved easily using the Hint option. The text for hints is smaller the caption. The maximum number of characters supported is 500, including spaces.

Data name - Since the data name is a required field, doForms will default the data name to the caption/label. If this field is blank doForms will provide a generic name with a sequential number. We recommend that you provide a descriptive data name that is easily identifiable. The data name is used throughout the system and non-descript names can make it difficult to select the item you need for example when performing a calculation.

Default value - This is the selected value of the list of items, if nothing is selected.

  • Set field equal to current date This sets the field to the devices current date and time.

Type - You can specify what part of a date and time entry you would like recorded.

  • Date - selects only the date portion
  • Time - selects only the time portion
  • Date:Time - selects both the date & time portion

Other Options include:

  • Auto-Stamp - Automatically records the date and/or time specified.
  • Allow Edit Option - Automatically records the date and/or time specified.

Auto Stamp Trigger - Based on the selected trigger, the time and/or date is actioned. This includes the first time the questio is answered, the page is displayed for the first time, when the form is opened for the first time, or when the form is saved when completed.

  • Military-Time - when selected, displays the time using military format

Advanced format - Allows users to set the format of dates and times.

  • Year - yyyy or yy | four digit or two digit portion of the year
  • Month - MM or MMM | displays the two digit month or the name of the month (UPPER case)
  • Day - dd or ddd | displays the two digit day or the name of the day
  • Hour - hh | displays the hour represented by the listed display
  • Minute - mm | displays the minutes represented by the listed display (lower case)
  • Second - ss | displays the seconds represented by the listed display
  • am/pm - a | displays am or pm depending upon the time of day (lower case)


  • Feb 28, 2016 - MMM dd, yyyy
  • 02/28/2016 - MM/dd/yyyy
  • 02.28 - MM.dd
  • 02/2016 - MM/yyyy
  • 10:30:08 am - hh:mm:ss a
  • 10/5/16 12:34 pm - mm/dd/yy hh:mm a

Range - Validates the input data in terms of a minimum and a maximum value in terms of a date and/or time calendar depending on the type selected

Appearance - doForms allows you to set a default set of appearance parameters. This eliminates the need for you to have to set colors and other parameters each time you add an element to your form. You can however override the default settings for any tool by simply picking the Custom option. You can also edit the default by clicking on the edit defaults option.

Remove Space - When selected the space Above or Below the tool is Removed. When styling the form this help provide continuity with the layout.

Read only

In mobile app
Determines whether or not this field can be edited within the mobile, web apps and the View Data tab.

When dispatching
Determines if this field can be edited in the Dispatch tab or not.


In mobile app
Whether this field must be filled-in when completing the form in the mobile app or web app.

When dispatching
Whether this field must be filled-in when dispatching the form.

In mobile app Check this option if you wish to make the question invisible in the mobile app. You might want to do this so the mobile user cannot change the value, or if the value is being used in some intermediate calculation or logical expression.

in Data and Dispatch tabs Check this option if you wish to hide the question in the View Data and Dispatch tabs of the website.

In PDF and Print Check this option if you wish to hide the question in the View Data and Dispatch tabs of the website.


Only display this question if
This is a very powerful option as it allows you basically hide form elements only exposing them if the answer to a question in your form meets the criteria you have set. For example if you have a choose one question with the answers yes and no than you can say only display this question if the answer to the choose one is equal to yes. You can even combine other criteria like and color is not equal to red. Being to hide fields unless they are needed makes form more user friendly.

Jump to
This option allows you to navigate the user to a specific location in the form based on how they answer the current question.

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