The Free Text element can be used to provide on-screen user help and annotation as well as section headers. The Free Text element properties screen is displayed in the image below.
TOOLTIP – Often referred to as “hover help”, this is content that will appear in a small balloon at the point where the cursor is when that cursor is left to hover over the field for a few seconds. Tooltips are used to assist the user in understanding what is expected to be entered into the field.
DISPLAY FIELD ONLY IF – This field accesses the Ninox formula editor where the user may define the condition under which this field, and its contents and name, remain visible in the form view of records in this table. A field will only remain visible if the DISPLAY FIELD ONLY IF is left blank or if the formula that appears in the field distills down to a “True” state. For example, to ensure that a field remain invisible at all times and in all situations, a user may enter the formula 1=2 or null. To ensure that a field remains visible at all times, leave this field blank. To enable the field to appear or disappear based on the state of another field (or fields) in the table, use a formula that will ultimately evaluate to either true of false. A true evaluation will result in the field appearing while a false evaluation will result in the field remaining hidden.
TRIGGER AFTER UPDATE – Please see Working With Triggers in the Ninox Programming Language section of this users manual.
WRITEABLE IF – This field accesses the Ninox formula editor where the user may define the condition under which the contents of this field may be entered or, if they exist, may be edited. Any formula entered into this field must evaluate to “True” for the contents of this field to be modifiable by the end user. If this field is not blank and the formula entered into the field evaluates to a false state, the field will be locked and its contents unmodifiable. For additional information, please see Table Writes in the User Rights, Security & Passwords section of this users manual.
GLOBAL SEARCH – A user has the option to indicate whether or not each specific field within a table is to be targeted by the Ninox Search Engine. If Global Search is selected, the contents of this field will be searched when the Ninox Search Engine (Find) mode is activated. If deselected, the contents of the field will be ignored during search operations. Note that, by default, if the table is excluded from search operations by virtue of its configuration all fields in the table will be ignored irrespective of this setting. Please see Search Engine for additional information on the Ninox Find feature and table configuration.
The text string entered into the Text field can be formatted using the styling options presented in the image below.
COLOR – The color of the text used to name the header can be edited using the color picker in the Color field
BACKGROUND COLOR – The background that appears behind the header name text can be edited using the color picker in the Background Color field
FONT SIZE – The font size of the text used to name the header can be adjusted according to any of four options available in the Font Size combo box (displayed in the image below).
FONT STYLE – The text used to name the header can be displayed in any combination of regular, bold or italicized. The default font style is regular. To add bold and/or italicized characteristics to the regular font, you may select that appropriate option from this multiple choice switch.
BORDER STYL*E – A header may have no border, borders around the top, bottom, left and right or some user-defined border format. Users have the option to define the border style, width and color using the two combo boxes and color picker displayed in the images below.