Text

The text field can be used to store a single line of text on your form, such as a first or last name.

To learn how to add, edit, clone, move, resize, offset, or delete a text field, please click here.

When editing a text field, the field settings sidebar will appear. This contains the following tabs:

You can edit any of the settings in each of these tabs and then click the ‘Save’ button to save your changes. If you do not want to save your changes, you can click the ‘Cancel’ button or click any other form element to close the field settings sidebar.

Basic

The basic tab contains settings that the majority of WS Form users will need to control a field. The settings are as follows:

Label

This is the label shown alongside the field. As well as entering a label into this field, you can also double click the label of the field in the editor. You should enter an easy-to-understand label for your field, for example, ‘First Name’ or ‘Email’.

Render Label

If enabled the label will be shown on your form. If you do not want the label to appear for a particular field, uncheck this box.

Label Position

There are five options you can choose from for positioning your label:

  • Default
  • Top
  • Left
  • Right
  • Bottom

The default position will place the label set in the Form Settings advanced tab. For new forms this will be the ‘Top’ positioning.

Note that when using some frameworks, some label positions may not be available.

Label Width

If your label position is set to left or right, you can specify how wide the label will be. You can consider the overall width of the label and the field to be 12 columns (or whatever value is set in Settings). By default labels are rendered at 3 columns wide (1/4 width), which means the field itself is 9 columns wide(3/4 width). You can change the width of the label using this setting.

To change the default width of all labels in your form:

1. Click the form settings icon.
2. Click the ‘Advanced’ tab.
3. Scroll down to ‘Default Label Width’ and change the setting.
4. Click ‘Save’ at the bottom.

Required

If checked this field will be required when the website visitor completes your form. Failure to complete the field if this is checked will result in a validation message appearing under the field prompting the user to complete the field correctly.

Required fields are indicated on your website with the word ‘Required’ being adding to the label of the field. This can be changed in the form settings advanced tab.

Placeholder

Field placeholders are used to place text in a field prior to the website visitor completing the field. The web browser then removes the placeholder text when text is entered into the field. Placeholder text is typically used to provide an example of what should be entered into that field, such as ‘(###) ###-###’ for a phone field. If this field is left blank, a placeholder will not be added to the field.

Placeholder text is not stored when the form is saved or submitted.

WS Form variables can be entered into this field.

Default Value

The default value setting is used to populate the field with some default content. Unlike the placeholder text, default values are stored when the form is saved or submitted. An example default value could be #user_first_name to insert a logged-in user’s first name into a ‘First Name’ text field.

WS Form variables can be entered into this field.

Help Text

The help text setting enables you to add smaller text under the field to assist the website visitor in completing that field.

As well as inserting plain text into this field, WS Form also provides extensive functionality for adding character and word count information. Click here to learn more about this functionality.

WS Form variables can be entered into this field.

Accessibility

ARIA Label

Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) defines ways to make web content and web applications more accessible to people with disabilities.

This setting enables you to define what text is made available to ARIA applications. This would, for example, provide a screen reader with specific text to read to someone with a disability.

The value of this setting defaults to your field label. If you would like to change this, enter a new value.

WS Form variables can be entered into this field.

Advanced

The advanced tab contains additional form attribute settings that provide further control over how a field is rendered.

Classes

For developers WS Form allows you to add your own classes to fields.

Wrapper CSS Classes

The wrapper CSS class setting enables you to add a class (or classes) to a field wrapper. Field wrappers are sections of HTML added around a field to position them on the page. To add multiple classes, add a space between the class names.

Field CSS Classes

To add a class to the actual field element itself, enter a class (or classes) to this setting. To add multiple classes, add a space between the class names.

Restrictions

Field restrictions enable you to define what can or cannot be entered into the field.

Disabled

If checked the field will be disabled, and it cannot be interacted with. You can re-enable a field dynamically by using conditional logic.

Read Only

If checked the field will be read only. Read-only forms provide a way of showing a value in a field without giving the website visitor the opportunity to change the value.

Minimum Character Length

This is the minimum number of characters that need to be entered into the field in order for it to be valid. Leaving this blank will set the minimum character length to zero. If the field is submitted without the minimum character length defined, a validation error will appear under the field.

This number can be used in conjunction with the character count variables.

Maximum Character Length

This is the maximum number of characters that can to be entered into the field in order for it to be valid. Leaving this blank will set the maximum character length to infinity. If the field is submitted with more than the maximum character length defined, a validation error will appear under the field. Typing will typically be limited to this number of characters.

This number can be used in conjunction with the character count variables.

Minimum Word Length

This is the minimum number of words that need to be entered into the field in order for it to be valid. Leaving this blank will set the minimum word length to zero. If the field is submitted without the minimum number of words defined, a validation error will appear under the field.

This number can be used in conjunction with the word count variables.

Maximum Word Length

This is the maximum number of words that can be entered into the field in order for it to be valid. Leaving this blank will set the maximum number of words to infinity. If the field is submitted with more than the maximum word length defined, a validation error will appear under the field.

This number can be used in conjunction with the word count variables.

Pattern

This advanced field enables you to set the ‘pattern’ attribute on a field. The pattern attribute specifies a regular expression that the <input> element’s value is checked against. This field is useful in, for example, forcing a website visitor to enter a phone number or date in a particular format that you require.

Example patterns can be selected by clicking the hamburger icon .

Validation

Render Invalid Feedback

Invalid feedback text is shown when a form is saved or submitted, and the field has not been completed according to the field settings you have configured. For example if the minimum character count is 10 and you enter 5 characters and then submit the form, the field will be deemed invalid. If this setting is checked, invalid feedback is shown under the field.

Invalid Feedback Text

WS Form automatically builds invalid feedback text for all of your fields. If no text is entered into this field, the value shown in the field in light gray text will be shown. If you would like to specify alternative invalid feedback text, you can enter it within this setting.

WS Form variables can be entered into this field.

Breakpoints

The breakpoint settings define the width of a field and also what the offset (how many columns from the left-hand side of the form or the previous field) of a field is for each breakpoint. For more information about the breakpoint settings and capabilities of WS Form, click here.

Datalist

Many field types have a datalist option. When a website visitor starts to type in a field, the browser will display options that it believes match what the website visitor is typing in. The website visitor can then click on the datalist option to speed up their data entry. Datalist is also used to provide hints to the website visitor as to the available options that can be entered for a field.

Tip: In some browsers you may need to activate a datalist function for this to work, while some older browsers may not support this feature.

To create datalist suggestions for the field, add rows to the datalist data grid. Data grids make entering lists of information quick and easy. You can also use the data grid to import a CSV file of data into the datalist field, which makes adding large suggestion lists easier than entering them one by one.

For more information about using WS Form data grids, click here.