Using objects in interactive forms
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.