Creating Attributes

Creating Attributes

Each attribute has a set of properties listed in the Item Editor.

Column Name : Name of Attribute that shows in the Item List on left. This will not be seen by the user. No spaces or punctuation can be used.

Show on public form : This determines whether the Attribute will show on the form. Please leave checked.

Field Caption : This is the label that is visible on the form. It is displayed above the Field (see below).

Field Type : The Field Type determines the type of inputs (checkboxes, text boxes, etc) on the form. There are 13 different Field Types available for use.

Click on the Attribute you wish to add

Text Box

Text Boxes allow a user to type letters, numbers, and punctuation.

  1. Click on the Fields tab in BizForms.
  2. Click on the name of the Category that the Attribute should be under.
  3. Click on the "New Attribute" button.
  4. Type in the Column Name. No spaces or punctuation can be used.
  5. Type in the Field Caption. Example: in the screenshot above, the Field Caption is "This is a text box". A colon is added automatically.
  6. In the Field Type box, choose "Text box".
  7. In the Maximum Length box, type 50.
  8. Allow Empty Value: Leaving this unchecked will make the field required.
  9. Please disregard the Default Value box.
  10. Click "OK" to save.

Text Area

Text Areas allow a user to type large amounts of text.

  1. Click on the Fields tab in BizForms.
  2. Click on the name of the Category that the Attribute should be under.
  3. Click on the "New Attribute" button.
  4. Type in the Column Name. No spaces or punctuation can be used.
  5. Type in the Field Caption. Example: in the screenshot above, the Field Caption is "This is a text area". A colon is added automatically.
  6. In the Field Type box, choose "Text area".
  7. Please disregard the Columns box.
  8. Please disregard the Rows box.
  9. Please disregard the Maximum Length box.
  10. Allow Empty Value: Leaving this unchecked will make the field required.
  11. Please disregard the Default Value box.
  12. Click "OK" to save.

Integer Number

Integer Number Fields allow a user to type numbers only. Letters and punctuation are not allowed.

  1. Click on the Fields tab in BizForms.
  2. Click on the name of the Category that the Attribute should be under.
  3. Click on the "New Attribute" button.
  4. Type in the Column Name. No spaces or punctuation can be used.
  5. Type in the Field Caption. Example: in the screenshot above, the Field Caption is "This is an integer number". A colon is added automatically.
  6. In the Field Type box, choose "Integer number".
  7. Allow Empty Value: Leaving this unchecked will make the field required.
  8. Please disregard the Default Value box.
  9. Click "OK" to save.

Decimal number

Decimal Number Fields allow a user to type numbers with punctuation. Letters are not allowed.

  1. Click on the Fields tab in BizForms.
  2. Click on the name of the Category that the Attribute should be under.
  3. Click on the "New Attribute" button.
  4. Type in the Column Name. No spaces or punctuation can be used.
  5. Type in the Field Caption. Example: in the screenshot above, the Field Caption is "This is a decimal number". A colon is added automatically.
  6. In the Field Type box, choose "Decimal number".
  7. Allow Empty Value: Leaving this unchecked will make the field required.
  8. Please disregard the Default Value box.
  9. Click "OK" to save.

Security code

Security Code Fields force a user to enter a 6 digit security code that appears on the form to help prevent spammers and bots from submitting your form.

  1. Click on the Fields tab in BizForms.
  2. Click on the name of the Category that the Attribute should be under.
  3. Click on the "New Attribute" button.
  4. Type in the Column Name. No spaces or punctuation can be used.
  5. Type in the Field Caption. Example: in the screenshot above, the Field Caption is "Security Code". A colon is added automatically.
  6. In the Field Type box, choose "Security Code".
  7. In the Maximum Length box, type 10.
  8. Allow Empty Value: Leave this unchecked.
  9. Please disregard the Default Value box.
  10. Click "OK" to save.

Check Box

A checkbox allows a user to select or unselect an option. For multiple check boxes use the Multiple Choice field.

  1. Click on the Fields tab in BizForms.
  2. Click on the name of the Category that the Attribute should be under.
  3. Click on the "New Attribute" button.
  4. Type in the Column Name. No spaces or punctuation can be used.
  5. Type in the Field Caption. Example: in the screenshot above, the Field Caption is "This is a check box". A colon is added automatically.
  6. In the Field Type box, choose "Check box".
  7. Allow Empty Value: Leaving this unchecked will make the field required.
  8. Please disregard the Default Value box.
  9. Click "OK" to save.

Calendar

Calendars allow a user to select a date from a pop-up calendar.

  1. Click on the Fields tab in BizForms.
  2. Click on the name of the Category that the Attribute should be under.
  3. Click on the "New Attribute" button.
  4. Type in the Column Name. No spaces or punctuation can be used.
  5. Type in the Field Caption. Example: in the screenshot above, the Field Caption is "Calendar". A colon is added automatically.
  6. In the Field Type box, choose "Calendar".
  7. Uncheck "Edit Time"
  8. Uncheck "Show "Now" link
  9. Allow Empty Value: Leaving this unchecked will make the field required.
  10. Please disregard the Default Value box.
  11. Click "OK" to save.

Drop-Down List

Drop-Down Lists allow a user to select one value from a list of a limited number of choices. Only one option can be chosen. Drop downs are best used when the list of options is very long.

  1. Click on the Fields tab in BizForms.
  2. Click on the name of the Category that the Attribute should be under.
  3. Click on the "New Attribute" button.
  4. Type in the Column Name. No spaces or punctuation can be used.
  5. Type in the Field Caption. Example: in the screenshot above, the Field Caption is "This is a Drop-down list". A colon is added automatically.
  6. In the Field Type box, choose "Drop-down list".
  7. Ensure "Options" is selected.
  8. Choose the options you want in the list. The options are listed in two parts, separated by a semicolon. The part before the semicolon will be shown to the author in the email and database. The part after the semicolon will be shown to the user on the form. Making them identical is recommended to avoid confusion, but is not required.
  9. Allow Empty Value: Leaving this unchecked will make the field required.
  10. Please disregard the Default Value box.
  11. Click "OK" to save.

Multiple Choice

Multiple Choice Fields allow a user to select one or more options of a limited number of choices.

  1. Click on the Fields tab in BizForms.
  2. Click on the name of the Category that the Attribute should be under.
  3. Click on the "New Attribute" button.
  4. Type in the Column Name. No spaces or punctuation can be used.
  5. Type in the Field Caption. Example: in the screenshot above, the Field Caption is "This is a Multiple Choice list". A colon is added automatically.
  6. In the Field Type box, choose "Multiple Choice list"
  7. Ensure "Options" is selected.
  8. Choose the options you want in the list. The options are listed in two parts, separated by a semicolon. The part before the semicolon will be shown to the author in the email and database. The part after the semicolon will be shown to the user on the form. Making them identical is recommended to avoid confusion, but is not required.
  9. Allow Empty Value: Leaving this unchecked will make the field required.
  10. Please disregard the Default Value box.
  11. Click "OK" to save.

Radio Buttons

Radio Buttons allow a user to select one of a limited number of choices. Only one option can be chosen.

  1. Click on the Fields tab in BizForms.
  2. Click on the name of the Category that the Attribute should be under.
  3. Click on the "New Attribute" button.
  4. Type in the Column Name. No spaces or punctuation can be used.
  5. Type in the Field Caption. Example: in the screenshot above, the Field Caption is "This is a radio button list". A colon is added automatically.
  6. In the Field Type box, choose "Radio button list".
  7. Ensure "Options" is selected.
  8. Choose the options you want in the list. The options are listed in two parts, separated by a semicolon. The part before the semicolon will be shown to the author in the email and database. The part after the semicolon will be shown to the user on the form. Making them identical is recommended to avoid confusion, but is not required.
  9. Allow Empty Value: Leaving this unchecked will make the field required.
  10. Please disregard the Default Value box.
  11. Click "OK" to save.

E-mail

Email Fields force a user to type complete email addresses. The E-mail Field Type will only accept an input with the format name@domain.com. Example: "webmaster@uwb.edu".

  1. Click on the Fields tab in BizForms.
  2. Click on the name of the Category that the Attribute should be under.
  3. Click on the "New Attribute" button.
  4. Type in the Column Name. Type in "email" (without quotes)..
  5. Type in the Field Caption. Example: in the screenshot above, the Field Caption is "This is an E-mail field". A colon is added automatically.
  6. In the Field Type box, choose "E-mail".
  7. In the Maximum Length box, type 50.
  8. Allow Empty Value: Leaving this unchecked will make the field required.
  9. Please disregard the Default Value box.
  10. Click "OK" to save.

Zip Code

The ZIP code Field Type requires a five digit number.

  1. Click on the Fields tab in BizForms.
  2. Click on the name of the Category that the Attribute should be under.
  3. Click on the "New Attribute" button.
  4. Type in the Column Name. No spaces or punctuation can be used.
  5. Type in the Field Caption. Example: in the screenshot above, the Field Caption is "This is a US zip code". A colon is added automatically.
  6. In the Field Type box, choose "U.S. ZIP code".
  7. In the Maximum Length box, type 5.
  8. Allow Empty Value: Leaving this unchecked will make the field required.
  9. Please disregard the Default Value box.
  10. Click "OK" to save.

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