Required Data Entry User Interface

Version 2




    Mac OS X, Windows
    Todd Duell
    FMP 9, 10, 11
    Formulations Pro
    Web: No
    File Type: FP7
    Server: Yes
    FileSize: ~ .66 megabytes


    Although FileMaker has a built in feature in the Manage>Database field validation to require that a field not be left empty, sometimes using this feature is more cumbersome and problematic for users. I usually try to avoid enabling this feature because more often than not the field is really only occasionally required. Then, when someone makes a mistake and needs to delete the record and is stopped by the FileMaker error dialog box they tend to force-quit the database, which can cause them to lose data. The new conditional formatting feature in FileMaker 9 allows you to strike a balance between forced data entry and good user interface. This sample file will show you how to implement this technique.




    Sample Input

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    Developer's Notes

    See sample file for full demo and technical article.


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