Text Form Element

The Text form element displays text on the form. Use the Text element to provide instructions and other information to the user. The Text element does not get input from the user.

Example of the Text form element, shown in a Geocortex viewer

Text Properties

The following table describes the properties of the Text form element. Some properties can be configured in the Properties panel in Workflow Designer. These properties have configuration information in the table. Similarly, some properties can be accessed in expressions. These properties have information about how to access the property in an expression.

If a property can be configured in the Properties panel and accessed in expressions, the property has two names: the name that appears in the Properties panel and the name that is used in expressions. Both names are given in the table. Sometimes the names only differ in capitalization, for example, Visible (in the Properties panel) or visible (in expressions).

Properties of the Text Form Element

Description

The text to display in the form.

Use a text element to provide instructions and other information to the user.

You can format the description using Markdown.

Type: String

Element ID

Type: String

The element's ID, which is used in other form elements and activities to access the element's properties. The ID must be unique across all elements in the form.

You cannot get or set the value of the Element ID property in an expression—you can only use the value that you configured for it. To use the Element ID property in an expression:

${Display Form ID}.state.{Element ID}.{property name}

For example:

$form1.state.text1.visible

error

Type: String | MarkdownRef

Indicates whether an error occurred in the element.

MarkdownRef objects have a markdown property of type String that represents the Markdown text.

We recommend using the Set Form Element Error and Clear Form Element Error activities to work with errors in form elements.

Title

Type: String

The element's title, which appears at the top of the element. By default, the title is blank.

You may want to change the title to describe what the element represents in your workflow. Descriptive titles make forms easier to understand.

You can format the title using Markdown.

type

Type: String

The variety of form element. Text elements are type "Text".

Use the type property to find out the variety of a form element in a form with many elements: loop through ${Display Form ID}.state, comparing each element to the known form types and performing some action on the elements that meet your type criteria.

To access the type property in an expression:

${Display Form ID}.state.{Element ID}.type

For example:

$form1.state.text1.type

Visible

Type: Boolean

Name in Properties Panel: Visible

Name to Use in Expressions: visible

Indicates whether the element is visible to the user. By default, text elements are visible. If you want to hide the element initially, clear the Visible checkbox. You may want to change the visibility at run time depending on the user's input in a previous form element.

To access the visible property in an expression:

${Display Form ID}.state.{Element ID}.visible

For example:

$form1.state.text1.visible

Text Element Events

The following table describes the events associated with the Text form element. As in Workflow Designer, the events are listed in the order that they fire.

Events for the Text Form Element

load

The load event fires when the element finishes loading.

You can use the load event to set one or more of the element's properties at run time.

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