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Dynamic Forms
How to use Tables
What is a Table?
Usually you see a table on a form like this….
3 columns X 3 rows with grey border lines
But this could also be a table too…
2 columns X 1 row with no lines
What is a Table?
Dynamic Forms tables allow you:
1. to place more fields across the horizontal space in a form
2. to control the horizontal width of your items
Just OK Form Design
1 line, 1 question
Better Form Design with Tables
Makes online forms look like paper forms
To add a table to your form
Select Page Item: Table
Table Basics
Step 1: This is where you will apply all the characteristics about your new table,
including how many rows, columns and if it will display grid lines.
Name: Typically not important, but provide a descriptor of section
Table Basics
Columns and Rows: Initial thoughts on how big table should be
Table Basics
Borders: Allows you to choose the type of border and the color
Table Basics
How Wide?: Most important field in Dynamic Forms
Table Widths
A good rule of thumb is to build forms at
-------------------------------------- 900 Pixels --------------------------------------------
All users would not need to scroll left or right to complete the form.
Why 900 pixels?
Another great reason to keep forms at 900 pixels – you can read the PDF!
Here is an example of a PDF at 900 pixels.
Why 900 pixels?
Here is that exact same form at 1500 pixels. Why so small? The PDF writer looks
at the widest part of the form and puts everything else in relationship to that
widest component, making sure it fits all onto the page, regardless of readability.
Table Widths
Now while keeping table widths at 900 pixels max is a good idea,
that does not mean that making smaller table is not a good idea.
For example….
-------------------------------------- 900 Pixels -------------------------------------------2 x 2 table at 900 pixels
2 x 2 table at 600 pixels
2 x 2 table at 300 pixels
Table Widths
Here is a good example of why a form author would want to use a
table with a width less than 900 pixels. In this case, the form
author is moving the choice list answers closer to the title of the
-------------------------------------- 900 Pixels --------------------------------------------
If the table was 900 pixels, the choice list option would be much
further to the right form.
Aligning fields using Tables
The best way to line up fields is by using tables. For example, view the
following questions in this table.
In this example, the form author created a 4 column by 2 row table. They
separated the field label from the field input field to create this alignment.
Here is how this table looks in the forms designer.
Aligning fields using Tables
Why separate the field labels from the data input fields? Here is an
example of not separating the labels…..
As you can see the boxes do not line up in the first column
because the labels are not separate fields. The form police
will not arrest anyone for this, but if you want the boxes
aligned, spend a little extra time to separate the labels. The
form is a reflection of your work and your school – spend the
extra couple of minutes to make them look great!
Also, be sure that your labels’ fonts are the same style
and font size.
Aligning fields using Tables
You can also use fields inside the table to give the affect of an indentation
of text such as the example below.
Here, the form author just entered a text field in column 1 of about twenty
spaces then added the other fields in the remaining columns.
Table Column/Row Sizes
One table cannot have different column widths by row
Wide First column
Small First Column
Wide Second column
Super Wide Second column
You will need to create two separate tables to do this
Table 1
Wide First column
Table 2
Small First Column
Table Column/Row Sizes
The most common example of this?
Here there are three tables to support the need for different data input
Final Exercise
Modify your form
Task #1: Add a 2 x 2 table to your form with first name and last name as fields
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