Field Layout Definitions

Specify one or more shorthand codes to control how the data is formatted when displayed.

If you specify multiple shorthand codes, separate them with a comma.

Shorthand Codes

You can enter shorthand codes directly in the Layout field of a Field of Field Template Properties form. Alternatively, you can click the >> beside the Layout fiel field, then select the layout settings to apply. The following table shows a list of the shorthand codes you can use when defining field layout definitions:

Field Layout Definitions and Shorthand Codes

Field Layout Definition

Shorthand Code

Meaning

Description

Format

DIS(DisplayFormat )

Display format

For more information, see Display Formats.

Alignment

LFT

Left alignment

Default for all fields except boilerplate fields, for which the default is center-aligned.

CTR

Center alignment 1

Default for boilerplate fields. When selected, all data is aligned in the center. When used in an edit box, the text is not scrolled to show the text in the center of the field when the text is longer than the field width.

RGT

Right alignment 1

 

DEC

Decimal alignment

Data is aligned around the decimal point or comma, as defined by the display format of the field.

Subfield Separator

SEP( c )

Use subfield separator c

Character to be used as the subfield separator in the display; the default is GOLD ; (semicolon). The separator does not need to be the same as the separator you defined in the field layout definition. For variable-length subfields, the separator is physically stored in the database. For fixed-length subfields, it is not. This field is used only when defining subfields.

Width

WID( n )

Line width of n characters

Specify the width (horizontal size) of the frame area. The default width is one character cell.

Border

BOR

Border line

Specify whether a rectangular border is displayed around the field or entity's outer edge in a form, report, or server page. This can change the frame positioning.

By default, no border is displayed.

Direction2

RTL

Right to left

Text reads from right to left. Use for languages such as Hebrew and Arabic

LTR

Left to right

Text reads from left to right.

Cursor Video

NAV

No active field video

Specify whether the field is highlighted when it is active.

Enabled only when the $ACTIVE_FIELD setting is present in the assignment file.

Note:  Not valid in character mode.

Inverse3

INV

Inverse video

Display unifields in inverse highlighting

NIN

No inverse video

 

Bright 3

BRI

Bright

Display unifields as bold fields

NBR

Not bright

 

Blink 3

BLI

Blink

Display unifields as blinking fields.

NBL

No blinking

 

Underline 3

UND

Underline

Display unifields as underlined fields.

NUN

No underline