A calculation field with a scroll bar should work quite well. I used that on the first layout of the Known Bugs List to make the revision history read only but scrollable.
Don't understand why that would result in: "text becomes unformatted leaving no line breaks or indentions."
Make sure that text is selected as the result type for your calculaton field.
I don't know why it is not formatting. Calulation result is text. When I put the text into the calc field so: WaiverField = "all the text here." The text looks fine with line breaks, but when I view it out of layout mode the text is all jumbled together. I must be missing something simple.
When using a field of type calculation for this, you should simply have a calculation where the expression is just the name of the original data entry field so I don't quite get: WaiverField = "all the text here."
If WaiverField is your text field used for data entry, your calcualation field would have this expression:
with text selected as the result type.
But perhaps you just used Literal text in quotes instead of a second field for this data as a test.
What kind of formatting are you trying to do with this text and exactly how are you formatting it? (There are ways to apply a format to the field object or you can format the data contained by the feld. Formatted data supercedes the layout level formatting.)
So, instead of entering the text into the data field for the calc, I used a seperate text field from another table as the text field from which it pulls the calculation. So Waiverfield = Table1::Field2 This seems to work. However, when I tried doing the same thing but using a text field inside the current table the calculation did not get repeated after the first portal entry which is why I did not continue down that route. I am noob at this, so maybe my terminology and directional cues are off. Thank you for the help.
You would need to define the calculation field in the same table as that referenced by the portal--not the table referenced by the layout.
I think I understand that now. Either way, for puposes of editing I created another table with multiple text fields from which I can refererence for the calc fields. Just something I did for ease of seeing all the information. Thank you again.