Display (Patterns dialog box)
this dialog box to define the pattern for displaying formatted values
(date, time, numerical, and textual data) in a form. The display
pattern must be compatible with the option selected in the Data
Format list on the Data panel. For example, if the data format is
set to Date, the displayed pattern must represent a date value.
Note: At design and run time, formatted values in the object display
in the locale-sensitive format.
To display this dialog box, select the object you want to create
a pattern for and, in the Object palette, click the Field tab, click
Patterns, and click the Display tab.
- Select Type
- Specifies the pattern used to display data. Options for dates,
times, dates/times, and numeric data vary, depending on the option
selected in the Locale list. To select multiple display patterns,
hold down the CTRL or SHIFT key while selecting options.
Note: To display all date, time, and date/time formats in the Select
Type list, you must first select Date and Time in the Data Format
list of the Binding tab in the Object palette.
- Specifies the language and country, or region used to define
the format and punctuation of date, time, date/time, numeric, and
currency values displayed in the selected object. Locale options
are organized first by language and then by country or region. The
locale option that is selected by default, matches the option that
is selected in the Form Locale list on the Defaults panel in the
Form Properties dialog box. You can select a specific language,
country, or region from the list, or you can select one of these
- Default Locale
- Uses the Default Locale specified on the Defaults panel in
the Form Properties dialog box.
- Viewer’s System Locale
- Uses the system locale of the user’s computer.
that the options available in the Select Type list can differ depending
on the locale selected.
- Specifies the value of the formatted object against the selected
pattern. If no value is specified, the Sample box remains blank
or displays the value produced by the Allow Empty option if a value
is included in the pattern.
- Displays the pattern associated with the option selected
in the Select Type list, as well as the Allow Empty box and Allow
Zero box. You can also type custom patterns in this box. You cannot
mix patterns from the Select Type list with custom patterns.
- Allow Empty
- Inserts a null value symbol into the pattern. Lets you define
how the object processes an empty value whether it is a pattern
clause or text.
- Allow Zero
- Inserts a zero symbol into the pattern and defines how an
object processes a zero value.