The icon for form elements of type text area

Functionality

Form elements of type textarea add a multi-line text area to the current form, allowing the user to enter multiple lines of text. The properties panel label allows you to add a descriptive label to the checkbox.

The basic properties panel of the Xima® Formcycle Designerlets you change the height of a text area. Use this to control how many lines of text the user can see at once.

Base properties

Basic settings for Base properties

User interface for changing basic properties of a form field, such as its name or its width.

Elements can be repeated. In this example, the user can enter one or more email addresses.

The number of repetitions can also be set automatically, depending on the value of another element. In this example the fieldset with the data of a single child is repeated. There are always as many fieldsets as the number of children the user selected.

The base properties name, width and hidden can be set for each form field.

Base properties

NameDescription
element6.3.0+ Element type of the form field. The element type can be changed by selecting another element type in the dropdown menu. The element types an element can be transformed into depend on the original type. Containers and fieldsets can only be transformed into the respective other element type. All other element types can be transformed into any other type, except for containers and fieldsets.
nameName of the form field. Only letters and numbers may be used.
aliasAn alternative name for the form element, which may contain any characters. See below.
widthWidth of the form, relative to the width of other form fields on the same row. For example, when placing two form fields next to each, giving both a width of 2 means that both will take 50% of the available width. Setting the width of the first form field to 1, and the width of the second one to 3 results in the first one taking 25% of the available width, and the second one taking 75%. 
hiddenWhen checked, the form field will be hidden initially. To show it again, the option visible if can be used, or a Javascript function such as  jQuery.fn.visible
disabledWhen checked, the content of the form field cannot be edited.
RepeatWhen this option is activated, the user can freely create any number of copies (repetitions) of this form element. For example, this can be used to let the user enter one or multiple email addresses. Please note that you cannot nest repeated elements: if a container is marked as repeated, none of its containing elements can be repeated.
Min. repeatMinimum number of allowed repetitions. When this limit is reached, the user cannot delete any more repeated elements. This is also the inital number of repetitions when the form is opened.
Max. repeatMaximum number of allowed repetitions. When this limit is reached, the user cannot add any more repeated elements.
Repeat triggerWhen an element is selected here: The number of repeated elements is automatically set to the value of the selected element. For example: Assume there is a select element or input element that lets the user enter number of children in their household. Also assume there is a fieldset for entering some data of these children. The fieldset is marked as repeated, and the select or input element is set as the repetition trigger. Now when the user enters how many children they have got, fieldsets are removed or created automatically so that there is always one fieldset for each child.
Hide buttons6.2.0+  Available only when an element was selected for Repeat trigger. Enable this option to hide the plus and minus buttons for adding and removing repeated elements. Use this option when the number of repeated elements should be controlled only by trigger.

Alias

When a form is submitted, key-value pairs are sent with the name of the form being the key and the entered text being the value. Within workflow actions or templates, you can access the values of submitted form elements with variables. The name of a form element cannot contain special characters such as accented characters (é or ô). When sending data to web services or when integrating third party systems, it may become neccessary to make use of special characters. In this case, you can set an alias for a form element. This alias does not have any restrictions on which characters you can use.

This form element possesses the following additional properties for the section Base properties.

NameDescription
Height (in px)The height of the text area in pixels.
Auto resizeDynamically adjusts the height of the element to the entered content.
Show character countDisplays the current number of characters entered.

The constraints properties panel of the Xima® Formcycle Designer lets you select a data type and other constraints, such as whether the text area can be left empty.

Base properties

Basic settings for Base properties

User interface for changing basic properties of a form field, such as its name or its width.

Elements can be repeated. In this example, the user can enter one or more email addresses.

The number of repetitions can also be set automatically, depending on the value of another element. In this example the fieldset with the data of a single child is repeated. There are always as many fieldsets as the number of children the user selected.

The base properties name, width and hidden can be set for each form field.

Base properties

NameDescription
element6.3.0+ Element type of the form field. The element type can be changed by selecting another element type in the dropdown menu. The element types an element can be transformed into depend on the original type. Containers and fieldsets can only be transformed into the respective other element type. All other element types can be transformed into any other type, except for containers and fieldsets.
nameName of the form field. Only letters and numbers may be used.
aliasAn alternative name for the form element, which may contain any characters. See below.
widthWidth of the form, relative to the width of other form fields on the same row. For example, when placing two form fields next to each, giving both a width of 2 means that both will take 50% of the available width. Setting the width of the first form field to 1, and the width of the second one to 3 results in the first one taking 25% of the available width, and the second one taking 75%. 
hiddenWhen checked, the form field will be hidden initially. To show it again, the option visible if can be used, or a Javascript function such as  jQuery.fn.visible
disabledWhen checked, the content of the form field cannot be edited.
RepeatWhen this option is activated, the user can freely create any number of copies (repetitions) of this form element. For example, this can be used to let the user enter one or multiple email addresses. Please note that you cannot nest repeated elements: if a container is marked as repeated, none of its containing elements can be repeated.
Min. repeatMinimum number of allowed repetitions. When this limit is reached, the user cannot delete any more repeated elements. This is also the inital number of repetitions when the form is opened.
Max. repeatMaximum number of allowed repetitions. When this limit is reached, the user cannot add any more repeated elements.
Repeat triggerWhen an element is selected here: The number of repeated elements is automatically set to the value of the selected element. For example: Assume there is a select element or input element that lets the user enter number of children in their household. Also assume there is a fieldset for entering some data of these children. The fieldset is marked as repeated, and the select or input element is set as the repetition trigger. Now when the user enters how many children they have got, fieldsets are removed or created automatically so that there is always one fieldset for each child.
Hide buttons6.2.0+  Available only when an element was selected for Repeat trigger. Enable this option to hide the plus and minus buttons for adding and removing repeated elements. Use this option when the number of repeated elements should be controlled only by trigger.

Alias

When a form is submitted, key-value pairs are sent with the name of the form being the key and the entered text being the value. Within workflow actions or templates, you can access the values of submitted form elements with variables. The name of a form element cannot contain special characters such as accented characters (é or ô). When sending data to web services or when integrating third party systems, it may become neccessary to make use of special characters. In this case, you can set an alias for a form element. This alias does not have any restrictions on which characters you can use.

This form element possesses the following additional properties for the section Base properties.

NameDescription
DatatypeHow to check whether the entered text is valid. For example, you can use this to check for invalid email addresses. See also the built-in validators.
Length minThe minimum number of allowed characters.
Length maxThe maximum number of allowed characters.
Value minOnly available for numeric datatypes: the smallest allowed number.
Value maxOnly available for numeric datatypes: the largest allowed number.
Must equalIf set: The value of this input field must be equal to the value of the field that is selected here.

Label

Basic settings for Label

This property defines the label text of an element. A label is the text above, below or to the right or left of an element. Not every element has got this property.

The label text appears next to a form element. It should be kept short and tell the user what they should enter in this form field.
NameBeschreibung
LabelValue of the label. This is the text that is displayed next to the element.
AlignmentSpecifies the position (left, right, above, below) of the label.
Width (in px)Distance between label and the element. Applies only when the alignment is set to left.
PlaceholderPlaceholder text, applies only to input fields.
TitleTooltip of the item (the HTML title attribute).
UnitText that after an element. Usually this is used for units, such EURO or km.

This form elements does not possess any additional settings for the section Label.

Value

Basic settings for Value

Value for input fields.

Value for selection elements.

This property defines the initial value of the element. Depending on the selected item, there are different options to choose from. For more details on the value of particular elements, see the list of available form elements.

It is not possible to define initial values for "repeated" elements or elements that are in repeated containers in this way.

This form elements does not possess any additional settings for the section Value.

CSS classes

Basic settings for CSS classes

Selecting CSS Classes.

This property lets you select one or many CSS classes for an element. The available CSS classes are read from the CSS in the CSS tab and from the selected CSS theme. When you select or deselect a class, the changes are applied immediately and any layout or design changes are visible in the form. You can also filter the available classes by using the filter at the end of the list.

This form elements does not possess any additional settings for the section CSS classes.

Attributes

Basic settings for Attributes

Arbitrary custom HTML attributes are deprecated. HTML5 defines so-called data- attributes that can be used to store custom data in HTML elements. For example, it is ok to use the attributes data-price or data-serial-id, but you should not use attributes such as price or serialId.

The panel attributes lets you add custom attributes to the corresponding HTML elements of each form element. You can access them with JavaScript later, or add existing HTML attributes such as the attribute type for <input> elements.

This panel lets you add custom HTML attributes that may be needed for custom features implemented via JavaScript.

A custom HTML attribute has been added and can be seen when inspecting the generated HTML.

Adding an attribute

To add an HTML attribute, just enter the name and the value of the attribute into one of the columns. A new, empty column will be added automatically.

Deleting an attribute

Click on the   icon to the left to delete an attribute.

Accessing data attributes via JavaScript

If you want to add custom data to an element, use the prefix data- for the name. Additionally, the attribute name should contain no uppercase letters and use dashes to separate words. For example, data-serial-version is a good data attribute, dataSerialVersion is not. When accessing these attributes via JavaScript, remove the dashes and capitalize the first letter of each word.

Assuming the attribute data-serial-version was set to 1aFXc for the element tfSerialVer, you can access this data as follows:

const serialVersion = $("[name='tfSerialVer']").data("serialVersion");
console.log("Serial version is:" , serialVersion);

This form elements does not possess any additional settings for the section Attributes.

Available only if

Basic settings for Available only if

The property Available only if controls whether elements are displayed or not depending on the current state or user.

Note that when an element is not available, it is never rendered and will not be present anywhere in the HTML. This means that users cannot see the form field or its current data even if they take a look at the source code of the form.

This lets you restrict the form field to a certain user group or to a certain state.

When only one state or a user group is selected, the form element is displayed only when the form is in the selected state or viewed by a user of the selected user group. For each state and user group there is also the opposite option to display a form element only when it is not in the selected state or not viewed by the selected user group. For example, when you want display a form element only when a user fills out the form for the first time, you can select the option no state.

If both a state and a user group are selected, the form element is displayed only when the form is both in the selected state as well as opened by a user belonging to one of the selected user groups.

The selection no state means that the form was opened for the first time and not submitted yet.

This form elements does not possess any additional settings for the section Available only if.

Read-only if

Basic settings for Read-only if

This property controls whether form fields are read-only and cannot be edited in any way. You can choose which user groups are allowed to edit a certain form field. Furthermore, form fields can also be set to read-only only when the form is currently in a certain state.

The property read-only if determines whether an element is read-only or not.

If only one state or one user group has been selected, the form field can only be filled out, clicked at, or selected when the form is in the selected state, or the user currently signed in is a member of this group. For each state and user group there is also the opposite option to make a form element read-only when it is not in the selected state or not viewed by the selected user group.

When both a state and a user group are selected, the form field item can only be filled out, clicked at, or selected when the form is both in the selected state and the user currently signed in belong the selected user group as well.

When a form field was set to read-only and the form is submitted, its value will not be transmitted.

The option no state refers to the initial state of the form before it is submitted, ie. when a user opens the form for the first time.

This form elements does not possess any additional settings for the section Read-only if.

Other

Basic settings for Other

Comments can be added for internal use. They will not be visible to the user when they open the form.

You can add a comment for internal use that will not appear anywhere in the form.

This form elements does not possess any additional settings for the section Other.

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