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Display # remaining characters, or enforce field length limits

Display # remaining characters, or enforce field length limits

We have users complain quite often about long text box entries being truncated on saving.

Would be really nice if there was a display on those fields showing how many characters left - twitter style. Better yet, don't allow users to go beyond those limits!

Mark Bradley – Assistant Registrar, Documentation (EMu)
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Re: Display # remaining characters, or enforce field length limits

I second this.  In most cases they are exceeding the character limit because they've entered a very long description or explanation of a problem only to have it disappear when the record is saved.  This can be very frustrating especially if they aren't aware of the underlying problem.

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Re: Display # remaining characters, or enforce field length limits

Or at very least, could we please have the length of eacg field included in the Field Help? It would be a tremendous help.

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Re: Display # remaining characters, or enforce field length limits

I agree, especially with Mark's suggestion that a user not be allowed to enter more data in the field in Edit mode than can actually be saved.

I have also run into a problem with fields that are displayed as large open text boxes but that are apparently in actuality table fields.  I may try record a list of short items in such a field, assuming that because the entire number of data characters is relatively low there won't be a problem saving the information.  However when I save the record the list is truncated because the field has a set maximum number of lines that can be accommodated (and that number doesn't appear on the field help screens.)  Ideally I'd like to see such fields treat the "end of line" character as just another character thereby eliminating the restriction on the maximum number of lines that can be stored, but in lieu of that I'd prefer simply not being to able to enter text on a line if the record will ultimately just discard it when I click "Save."

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