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Introduction

There are several types of Text fields available in AMS, with different type constraining the data a user may enter and, on some devices, controlling the type of virtual keyboard they are presented with.

The following screenshot illustrates the Text field configuration screen with the available field types:

The available field types are:

Field TypeDescription
AnyAny alpha numeric character or symbol.
NumericAn integer (i.e. number without decimals).
DecimalA number with decimal places.
Email

An email address.

No validation is performed of the structure of the address or the content.  

Where supported by the device, the email field presents a keyboard conducive to entering email addresses.

Phone Number

A phone number.

No validation is performed of the structure of the phone number or the content (other than preventing the entry of alphabetic characters).

Where supported by the device, the phone number field presents a keyboard conducive to entering phone numbers.

Url

A website address or other URL.

No validation is performed of the structure of the url or the content.

Where supported by the device, the url field presents a keyboard conducive to entering url addresses.

The following screenshots illustrate the Text field entry on a Samsung device (4.4.2):

Text Field - AnyText Field - NumericText Field - Decimal
Text Field - EmailText Field - Phone NumberText Field - Url

Settings

Item Description
LabelThe name of the field that will appear on the screen.
External LabelThe name of the field when used in XML, Word Document Mail Merge etc.
Type

The type of text input desired. Currently this does not prevent other types of text content from being entered, rather it just sets the keyboard, on field focus, to the requested type or nearest match.

Any

no restriction, displays as standard alphanumeric entry
NumericSigned integer entry
DecimalGeneral number entry
EmailEmail address entry
Phone NumberPhone number entry, may display as numeric
URLWeb address entry, may display as standard alphanumeric entry
Max Size

The maximun number of characters including whitespace allowed.

Default TextA String Item only option. Sets the value for the text to be displayed if no other value found for the field in the message content.
Is RequiredDetermines if a value must be set for this field.
Validation TypeIf the field is required this setting determines if it is always required or only when visible.
VisibilitySet the visibility options for the field.
Web Visibility 
Web Default 

Text Box Item

A text box item has the same options as a regular text item but it allows for multi-line input. On some devices it will allow inline editing and others it will take the user to another screen to enter the text.

String Item

A string item is an uneditable block of text. If a default value is set in the field definition the text is not included in the message data. This is normally for user instructions or other information that is not specific to the single message. If the value for the field is defined in the message, template or user default data the value will be present in the message.

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