The Text tool allows for the entry of alphanumeric information into a mobile form. If a user taps a Text field in a form on a mobile device, an alphanumeric keyboard will open, allowing the user to enter letters, numbers, and special characters into the field (if a device has voice-to-text functionality or handwriting recognition, those methods can also be used to enter text into the field).
Note: If you wish to create a field that requires users to enter numbers only (i.e., no alpha characters or special characters accepted), use the Numeric tool.
The image below shows an example of a Text field used to capture a person's street address:
Default value: The value of the field first presented to the user when they see the question. Unless the question is marked as “Read Only”, the mobile user will be able to change the value. This is very useful where the answer to a question is likely to repeat itself over and over. Setting a default value minimizes the work for mobile users. Note that repeating values can also be set on the mobile app using the “Remember Answer” option.
- Social Security: Only allows 9 numbers to be entered an displays the information in 111-11-1111.
- Phone Number: Allows up to either 10 or 11 numbers entered (depending on which number format is selected). Once phone number is select there is an additional drop down of 4 possible phone number formats.
- Use custom format: Allows for text fields to have a format for basic validation of input answers. For example, 00000A (5 numbers and 1 letter). The 0 digit represents numbers and the A character represents letters. So for example, if the user wanted to have a field where the answer needed be 2 numbers, a letter, and 2 more numbers, they could enter 00A00. If the user entered 12C34 the field would be acceptable but if they entered 1A234 they would get an error message that states the fields format needs to be 00A00.
- Uppercase Lock: When checked will only allow uppercase letters to be entered into the text field.
- Gray Caption Text: Is only visible when the text box is inside of a free form grid container. This setting removes the fields caption text and places it in the answer box with gray text. Once the user starts typing an answer the text disappears.
- Suppress Keyboard: This setting will remove the keyboard for handheld scanners or any device that is using a Bluetooth connected scanning device.
- Parse: This setting allows the text field to parse the value entered based on the amount of characters entered. Parse fields can also include table columns. First enter the number of characters to parse and set the field that this value will be parse into. For example, if I set two fields to parse 4 characters each and I scan the tag 12345678, 1234 will parse to field 1 and 5678 will parse to field 2.
This setting can also be used with any keyboard interrupt Bluetooth or RFID device. Simply connect the device and scan the tags into a text field to have them parsed to your settings.
Keyboard: Allows the user to select either a text or numeric keyboard when using the text box. Numeric will only allow for numbers to be entered. There is also a none option that can be turned on for bar code users who don't need a keyboard and simply want to scan a bar code into a text field.
Security: Select Encrypt field to encrypt the value entered.
Length: Sets the minimum and/or maximum length of text that the mobile form user must enter if they choose to enter anything in the text field (Note: Use the Required settings to force a user to enter text into the text field before submitting a form).