Using objects in interactive forms

Designer includes several standard and custom objects that provide data entry and access capabilities, and support calculations and scripts to initiate actions and handle data capture and manipulation. You can use any of these objects on a form, as well as objects such as text fields and drawing objects.

In addition, you can create custom objects whose properties and characteristics you plan to use often in your forms. You create custom objects by defining properties and adding required functionality such as scripts or calculations to standard Designer objects. You save custom objects in the Object Library palette, either in the Custom category or in a category you create yourself.

When choosing objects, you should understand what functions and capabilities the objects provide. There are several things to consider when selecting objects:

  • Determine the type of information you need to include in your forms and familiarize yourself with the characteristics of the objects.

  • Be aware that fields have varying length and appearance requirements and options, as well as data entry restrictions and requirements.

  • Analyze the types of data that you want to display and capture, and determine which objects support those types of data.

  • Certain objects allow you to add calculations and write scripts to initiate actions on the field. Determine what types of scripts you can use with particular objects.

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