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If you need an input field for a date – perhaps for a birth date or a seminar registration – then you can use the predefined Date form element that only accepts dates as input.

You can also specify additional requirements for the date, such as setting a date range: the date entered by the user must then be within this period.

The form element date is shown.

Adding Date

  1. In the Structure area, click the green plus sign.
  2. Navigate to General →Predefined and click Date.
    You can now see the form element you’ve just added in the form tree.
  3. On the right, under Edit Date, you can now adjust the settings for your new form element as required.

Property Description
Label Enter the text of the label to be displayed next to the form field. By default, the label is shown above the form field.
Technical name Each form element that is added to a form is automatically assigned a unique name – known as the ‘technical name’ – by Formcentric. This name is based on the designator for the form element.
Alternatively, you can generate the technical name from the label. To do this, click New from label. Find out more about the technical name.
Here you have the option of adding some text to your form field that gives users additional information, such as instructions about filling out the field. By default, this text is shown underneath the form field.
Default value Enter a piece of text to be shown in the form field when users access the form. Alternatively, you can enter a variable here that adds a value automatically to the form field – such as the date. Find out more about variables.
Placeholder Enter a piece of placeholder text here. This text is shown greyed-out in the form field. This placeholder text disappears as soon as users start typing into the form field.
Field width Specify the width of the form element.
Display variant You can use this to add a CSS class from the website that you will be embedding the form into. The CSS class chosen here will be applied to the form element.
Alternatively, you can select one or more display variants to apply to the form element.
Read-only If you check Read-only, users will not be able to change the text in the form field. Use this setting if you want to enter predefined variables into this form field.
Required field Check Required field if this form field must be filled out when completing the form. An ‘*’ will then be added to the end of the label, marking this form field as a required field. Accordingly, users will be unable to submit the form or move to the next page (if this is a multi-page form) if they have not completed this form field properly.
Error message If you check the Required field box, an input field appears. In this field, enter the text shown to users if they try to skip filling out this form field.
Autofill The Autofill option is active by default. This involves form data stored by the browser being suggested as autocomplete options for the form field.
To improve the quality of these suggestions, you can tell the browser about the information that is expected for this form field.

  1. Usage
    Specify the kinds of information entered into this form field.

Deactivate autofill

Select Deactivate autofill to prevent the field from using autofill. This will also stop web browsers from saving the form field data. To do so, move the slider to the left, which deactivates autofill for this form field.
Validation You can adjust various settings if required:

  1. Error message
    In this field, enter the text shown to users if they do not fill out the form field according to the format you have specified.
  1. Date format
    Specify the format in which the date must be entered.
  1. Date range
    Specify a set of start/end dates: the date entered must be between these dates.
  1. Valid timespan
    Enter values here to restrict the date entered by the user to a number of days before or after the form completion date.
  1. No time restrictions
    If you select No time restrictions, then users will be able to enter any date.