I'd like to know if there is an xls syntax for piping the respondent's Name
(ex. Matt), such that when the next question comes up (ex. What is [NAME's]
gender?), the [NAME's] automatically changes to the respondent's actual
Name (ex. What is Matt's gender?).

Secondly, I need some help with constraining the phone number such that the
enumerator is required to entering a phone number that is between 7-10
characters (integers) long, with the country code as the required integers
for the first three characters. Is there a way to accomplish that in xls?

For the first, you need to add something like this for the prompt
label. So if you wanted to ask someone their age, you'd put this:
"Hello, . What is your age?"

For the second, you need a regular expression constraint (read http://www.regular-expressions.info/ for more). For example, this
constraint will allow only alphanumeric input that is 4 characters
long.
regex(.,'[A-Z0-9]{4}')

Hope this helps,

Yaw

···
On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM, m_optimal wrote:
> Hi ODK Community,
>
> I'd like to know if there is an xls syntax for piping the respondent's Name
> (ex. Matt), such that when the next question comes up (ex. What is [NAME's]
> gender?), the [NAME's] automatically changes to the respondent's actual Name
> (ex. What is Matt's gender?).
>
> Secondly, I need some help with constraining the phone number such that the
> enumerator is required to entering a phone number that is between 7-10
> characters (integers) long, with the country code as the required integers
> for the first three characters. Is there a way to accomplish that in xls?
>
> Thank you for the help!
>
> Michael
>
> --
> Post: opendatakit@googlegroups.com
> Unsubscribe: opendatakit+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
> Options: http://groups.google.com/group/opendatakit?hl=en

Hi Yaw, i'm trying to specify the format of the phone number where i can insert characters such as: 11-111111
Is there a sintax in odk/xls to specify this kind of format that would characters and not only numbers?
P.S: i dnt want the question type to be a 'text'.

Greetings!
I'm trying to use regex, but, appearance is not showing as numbers only,
could anyone provide further assistance -seems this is a very old thread-?
I want a mobile number only as answer
type= text name= mobile number label=Mobile Number required=yes
constraint_message=10 digit number! appearance=numbers

Also, remember that integers are limited by binary representation to 9
decimal digits. If you want something longer (e.g., 10 numbers) then make
sure to use a string data type and not integer.

Gaetano

···
On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 7:30 AM, Yaw Anokwa wrote:

Michael

Both of these are somewhat advanced operations.

For the first, you need to add something like this for the prompt
label. So if you wanted to ask someone their age, you'd put this:
"Hello, . What is your age?"

For the second, you need a regular expression constraint (read http://www.regular-expressions.info/ for more). For example, this
constraint will allow only alphanumeric input that is 4 characters
long.
regex(.,'[A-Z0-9]{4}')

I'd like to know if there is an xls syntax for piping the respondent's
Name
(ex. Matt), such that when the next question comes up (ex. What is
[NAME's]
gender?), the [NAME's] automatically changes to the respondent's actual
Name
(ex. What is Matt's gender?).

Secondly, I need some help with constraining the phone number such that
the
enumerator is required to entering a phone number that is between 7-10
characters (integers) long, with the country code as the required
integers
for the first three characters. Is there a way to accomplish that in xls?

Thank you very much Yaw and Gaetano. Just to be clear, when you mention
"prompt label" you mean the column named "label", yes?

Best,
Michael

···
On Friday, September 14, 2012 10:31:21 AM UTC-4, Yaw Anokwa wrote:
>
> Michael
>
> Both of these are somewhat advanced operations.
>
> For the first, you need to add something like this for the prompt
> label. So if you wanted to ask someone their age, you'd put this:
> "Hello, . What is your age?"
>
> For the second, you need a regular expression constraint (read
> http://www.regular-expressions.info/ for more). For example, this
> constraint will allow only alphanumeric input that is 4 characters
> long.
> regex(.,'[A-Z0-9]{4}')
>
> Hope this helps,
>
> Yaw
>
>
> On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM, m_optimal <mmana...@optimalsolutionsgroup.com > wrote:
> > Hi ODK Community,
> >
> > I'd like to know if there is an xls syntax for piping the respondent's
> Name
> > (ex. Matt), such that when the next question comes up (ex. What is
> [NAME's]
> > gender?), the [NAME's] automatically changes to the respondent's actual
> Name
> > (ex. What is Matt's gender?).
> >
> > Secondly, I need some help with constraining the phone number such that
> the
> > enumerator is required to entering a phone number that is between 7-10
> > characters (integers) long, with the country code as the required
> integers
> > for the first three characters. Is there a way to accomplish that in
> xls?
> >
> > Thank you for the help!
> >
> > Michael
> >
> > --
> > Post: opend...@googlegroups.com
> > Unsubscribe: opendatakit...@googlegroups.com
> > Options: http://groups.google.com/group/opendatakit?hl=en
>

I have a question about the regex constraint you mention below. I tested
this out (as a constraint in xls forms) and found that it restricts the
number of digits correctly but only allows input that begins with letters.
I'd like to be able to restrict to alphanumeric input, regardless of
whether it begins with numbers or letters. Is this possible? Can you please
advise as to the constraint that would accomplish that.

Thanks so much for your help.

Best,
Audrey

···
On Friday, September 14, 2012 5:31:21 PM UTC+3, Yaw Anokwa wrote:
>
> Michael
>
> Both of these are somewhat advanced operations.
>
> For the first, you need to add something like this for the prompt
> label. So if you wanted to ask someone their age, you'd put this:
> "Hello, . What is your age?"
>
> For the second, you need a regular expression constraint (read
> http://www.regular-expressions.info/ for more). For example, this
> constraint will allow only alphanumeric input that is 4 characters
> long.
> regex(.,'[A-Z0-9]{4}')
>
> Hope this helps,
>
> Yaw
>
>
> On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM, m_optimal <mmana...@optimalsolutionsgroup.com > wrote:
> > Hi ODK Community,
> >
> > I'd like to know if there is an xls syntax for piping the respondent's
> Name
> > (ex. Matt), such that when the next question comes up (ex. What is
> [NAME's]
> > gender?), the [NAME's] automatically changes to the respondent's actual
> Name
> > (ex. What is Matt's gender?).
> >
> > Secondly, I need some help with constraining the phone number such that
> the
> > enumerator is required to entering a phone number that is between 7-10
> > characters (integers) long, with the country code as the required
> integers
> > for the first three characters. Is there a way to accomplish that in
> xls?
> >
> > Thank you for the help!
> >
> > Michael
> >
> > --
> > Post: opend...@googlegroups.com
> > Unsubscribe: opendatakit...@googlegroups.com
> > Options: http://groups.google.com/group/opendatakit?hl=en
>

Use regular expressions (regex). Something like
regex(.,'[0-9]{2}-[0-9]{6}') would be what you'd use as the constraint
for your example. For the regex to work, you should use a text prompt,
but with appearance=numbers.

Yaw

···
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Hi Yaw, i'm trying to specify the format of the phone number where i can insert characters such as: 11-111111
Is there a sintax in odk/xls to specify this kind of format that would characters and not only numbers?
P.S: i dnt want the question type to be a 'text'.

Note: this appearance setting changes the Keyboard style of the pop-up
keyboard to the calculator / number keyboard when you attempt to enter data
into the field. It does not prevent non-numbers from being entered. This
relies upon the device's keyboard supporting and reacting to this setting ( http://developer.android.com/reference/android/text/InputType.html#TYPE_NUMBER_FLAG_SIGNED
).

You need to add a constraint restricting the input string to something that
looks like a phone number.

e.g.,

for a ten-digit number:

regex(${mobile},'^[0-9]{10}$')

···
On Tue, May 10, 2016 at 10:17 PM, Sergio Del Villar wrote:

Greetings!
I'm trying to use regex, but, appearance is not showing as numbers only,
could anyone provide further assistance -seems this is a very old thread-?
I want a mobile number only as answer
type= text name= mobile number label=Mobile Number required=yes
constraint_message=10 digit number! appearance=numbers

In XLSForm, the syntax is slightly different -- you would enter "Hello,
${firstName}. What is your age?" in the 'label' column.
This substitutes the value from the question who's 'name' column is
'firstName' into the question text.

···
On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM, m_optimal < mmanansala@optimalsolutionsgroup.com> wrote:

Thank you very much Yaw and Gaetano. Just to be clear, when you mention
"prompt label" you mean the column named "label", yes?

Best,
Michael

On Friday, September 14, 2012 10:31:21 AM UTC-4, Yaw Anokwa wrote:

Michael

Both of these are somewhat advanced operations.

For the first, you need to add something like this for the prompt
label. So if you wanted to ask someone their age, you'd put this:
"Hello, . What is your age?"

For the second, you need a regular expression constraint (read
http://www.regular-**expressions.info/http://www.regular-expressions.info/for more). For example, this
constraint will allow only alphanumeric input that is 4 characters
long.
regex(.,'[A-Z0-9]{4}')

I'd like to know if there is an xls syntax for piping the respondent's
Name
(ex. Matt), such that when the next question comes up (ex. What is
[NAME's]
gender?), the [NAME's] automatically changes to the respondent's actual
Name
(ex. What is Matt's gender?).

Secondly, I need some help with constraining the phone number such that
the
enumerator is required to entering a phone number that is between 7-10
characters (integers) long, with the country code as the required
integers
for the first three characters. Is there a way to accomplish that in
xls?

The example I used was just uppercase. Try [A-Za-z0-9]{4} if you want
to include lower case.

···
On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM, wrote:
> Hi Yaw,
>
> I have a question about the regex constraint you mention below. I tested
> this out (as a constraint in xls forms) and found that it restricts the
> number of digits correctly but only allows input that begins with letters.
> I'd like to be able to restrict to alphanumeric input, regardless of whether
> it begins with numbers or letters. Is this possible? Can you please advise
> as to the constraint that would accomplish that.
>
> Thanks so much for your help.
>
> Best,
> Audrey
>
>
> On Friday, September 14, 2012 5:31:21 PM UTC+3, Yaw Anokwa wrote:
>>
>> Michael
>>
>> Both of these are somewhat advanced operations.
>>
>> For the first, you need to add something like this for the prompt
>> label. So if you wanted to ask someone their age, you'd put this:
>> "Hello, . What is your age?"
>>
>> For the second, you need a regular expression constraint (read
>> http://www.regular-expressions.info/ for more). For example, this
>> constraint will allow only alphanumeric input that is 4 characters
>> long.
>> regex(.,'[A-Z0-9]{4}')
>>
>> Hope this helps,
>>
>> Yaw
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM, m_optimal wrote:
>> > Hi ODK Community,
>> >
>> > I'd like to know if there is an xls syntax for piping the respondent's
>> > Name
>> > (ex. Matt), such that when the next question comes up (ex. What is
>> > [NAME's]
>> > gender?), the [NAME's] automatically changes to the respondent's actual
>> > Name
>> > (ex. What is Matt's gender?).
>> >
>> > Secondly, I need some help with constraining the phone number such that
>> > the
>> > enumerator is required to entering a phone number that is between 7-10
>> > characters (integers) long, with the country code as the required
>> > integers
>> > for the first three characters. Is there a way to accomplish that in
>> > xls?
>> >
>> > Thank you for the help!
>> >
>> > Michael
>> >
>> > --
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There is no template feature for numeric input. If you want to enter/have
non-numeric characters, you must use a text field.

And note that regex() only works on string values. If your field stores an
integer data type, you must convert the value to a string before using
regex.

I.e., for integer input, you could use:

regex(string(.),'...')

BUT, the value of string(.) would be after whatever you entered was
converted to an integer, then printed back out. So if you entered 0004,
string(.) would be just 4.

···
On Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 5:07 AM, Yaw Anokwa wrote:

Use regular expressions (regex). Something like
regex(.,'[0-9]{2}-[0-9]{6}') would be what you'd use as the constraint
for your example. For the regex to work, you should use a text prompt,
but with appearance=numbers.

Yaw

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Hi Yaw, i'm trying to specify the format of the phone number where i can
insert characters such as: 11-111111
Is there a sintax in odk/xls to specify this kind of format that would
characters and not only numbers?
P.S: i dnt want the question type to be a 'text'.

···
On Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 12:01:49 PM UTC-5, Mitch Sundt wrote:
>
> appearance=numbers
>
> Note: this appearance setting changes the Keyboard style of the pop-up
> keyboard to the calculator / number keyboard when you attempt to enter data
> into the field. It does not prevent non-numbers from being entered. This
> relies upon the device's keyboard supporting and reacting to this setting (
> http://developer.android.com/reference/android/text/InputType.html#TYPE_NUMBER_FLAG_SIGNED
> ).
>
> You need to add a constraint restricting the input string to something
> that looks like a phone number.
>
> e.g.,
>
> for a ten-digit number:
>
> regex(${mobile},'^[0-9]{10}$')
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On Tue, May 10, 2016 at 10:17 PM, Sergio Del Villar <sgd...@gmail.com > wrote:
>
>>
>> Greetings!
>> I'm trying to use regex, but, appearance is not showing as numbers only,
>> could anyone provide further assistance -seems this is a very old thread-?
>> I want a mobile number only as answer
>> type= text name= mobile number label=Mobile Number required=yes
>> constraint_message=10 digit number! appearance=numbers
>>
>> --
>> --
>> Post: opend...@googlegroups.com
>> Unsubscribe: opendatakit...@googlegroups.com
>> Options: http://groups.google.com/group/opendatakit?hl=en
>>
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>>
>
>
>
> --
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> Software Engineer
> University of Washington
> mitche...@gmail.com
>

I have a question about the regex constraint you mention below. I tested
this out (as a constraint in xls forms) and found that it restricts the
number of digits correctly but only allows input that begins with
letters.
I'd like to be able to restrict to alphanumeric input, regardless of
whether
it begins with numbers or letters. Is this possible? Can you please
advise
as to the constraint that would accomplish that.

Thanks so much for your help.

Best,
Audrey

On Friday, September 14, 2012 5:31:21 PM UTC+3, Yaw Anokwa wrote:

Michael

Both of these are somewhat advanced operations.

For the first, you need to add something like this for the prompt
label. So if you wanted to ask someone their age, you'd put this:
"Hello, . What is your age?"

For the second, you need a regular expression constraint (read http://www.regular-expressions.info/ for more). For example, this
constraint will allow only alphanumeric input that is 4 characters
long.
regex(.,'[A-Z0-9]{4}')

I'd like to know if there is an xls syntax for piping the respondent's
Name
(ex. Matt), such that when the next question comes up (ex. What is
[NAME's]
gender?), the [NAME's] automatically changes to the respondent's
actual

Name
(ex. What is Matt's gender?).

Secondly, I need some help with constraining the phone number such
that

the
enumerator is required to entering a phone number that is between 7-10
characters (integers) long, with the country code as the required
integers
for the first three characters. Is there a way to accomplish that in
xls?

similar with the previous questions about inputting number, is there any
way to have number field automatically separated by comma or dot (like in
MS Excel)?
With the default, there are many errors in typing number, especially the
long one. For example, to input 100 million then we have this format by
default: 100000000.

It is easy if the field automatically converts the input into 100,000,000.

First, make the question required. Second, add the start/end
characters (^ and $)

Final XML should look like...

···
On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 11:09 AM, Audrey Henkels wrote:
> Hi Yaw,
>
> Thanks for the speedy response. I made the change, and unfortunately, now it
> doesn't seem to restrict the number of digits on input.
>
> Here is the constraint I used, in xls forms. Can you please confirm that I
> have the correct formatting?
>
> regex(.,'[A-Za-z0-9]{2}')
>
> Thanks so much.
>
> Best,
> Audrey
>
>
> On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:31 PM, Yaw Anokwa wrote:
>>
>> The example I used was just uppercase. Try [A-Za-z0-9]{4} if you want
>> to include lower case.
>>
>> On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM, wrote:
>> > Hi Yaw,
>> >
>> > I have a question about the regex constraint you mention below. I tested
>> > this out (as a constraint in xls forms) and found that it restricts the
>> > number of digits correctly but only allows input that begins with
>> > letters.
>> > I'd like to be able to restrict to alphanumeric input, regardless of
>> > whether
>> > it begins with numbers or letters. Is this possible? Can you please
>> > advise
>> > as to the constraint that would accomplish that.
>> >
>> > Thanks so much for your help.
>> >
>> > Best,
>> > Audrey
>> >
>> >
>> > On Friday, September 14, 2012 5:31:21 PM UTC+3, Yaw Anokwa wrote:
>> >>
>> >> Michael
>> >>
>> >> Both of these are somewhat advanced operations.
>> >>
>> >> For the first, you need to add something like this for the prompt
>> >> label. So if you wanted to ask someone their age, you'd put this:
>> >> "Hello, . What is your age?"
>> >>
>> >> For the second, you need a regular expression constraint (read
>> >> http://www.regular-expressions.info/ for more). For example, this
>> >> constraint will allow only alphanumeric input that is 4 characters
>> >> long.
>> >> regex(.,'[A-Z0-9]{4}')
>> >>
>> >> Hope this helps,
>> >>
>> >> Yaw
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM, m_optimal wrote:
>> >> > Hi ODK Community,
>> >> >
>> >> > I'd like to know if there is an xls syntax for piping the
>> >> > respondent's
>> >> > Name
>> >> > (ex. Matt), such that when the next question comes up (ex. What is
>> >> > [NAME's]
>> >> > gender?), the [NAME's] automatically changes to the respondent's
>> >> > actual
>> >> > Name
>> >> > (ex. What is Matt's gender?).
>> >> >
>> >> > Secondly, I need some help with constraining the phone number such
>> >> > that
>> >> > the
>> >> > enumerator is required to entering a phone number that is between
>> >> > 7-10
>> >> > characters (integers) long, with the country code as the required
>> >> > integers
>> >> > for the first three characters. Is there a way to accomplish that in
>> >> > xls?
>> >> >
>> >> > Thank you for the help!
>> >> >
>> >> > Michael
>> >> >
>> >> > --
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I have a question about the regex constraint you mention below. I
tested

this out (as a constraint in xls forms) and found that it restricts
the

number of digits correctly but only allows input that begins with
letters.
I'd like to be able to restrict to alphanumeric input, regardless of
whether
it begins with numbers or letters. Is this possible? Can you please
advise
as to the constraint that would accomplish that.

Thanks so much for your help.

Best,
Audrey

On Friday, September 14, 2012 5:31:21 PM UTC+3, Yaw Anokwa wrote:

Michael

Both of these are somewhat advanced operations.

For the first, you need to add something like this for the prompt
label. So if you wanted to ask someone their age, you'd put this:
"Hello, . What is your age?"

For the second, you need a regular expression constraint (read http://www.regular-expressions.info/ for more). For example, this
constraint will allow only alphanumeric input that is 4 characters
long.
regex(.,'[A-Z0-9]{4}')

I'd like to know if there is an xls syntax for piping the
respondent's
Name
(ex. Matt), such that when the next question comes up (ex. What is
[NAME's]
gender?), the [NAME's] automatically changes to the respondent's
actual
Name
(ex. What is Matt's gender?).

Secondly, I need some help with constraining the phone number such
that
the
enumerator is required to entering a phone number that is between
7-10
characters (integers) long, with the country code as the required
integers
for the first three characters. Is there a way to accomplish that
in

similar with the previous questions about inputting number, is there any
way to have number field automatically separated by comma or dot (like in
MS Excel)?
With the default, there are many errors in typing number, especially the
long one. For example, to input 100 million then we have this format by
default: 100000000.

It is easy if the field automatically converts the input into 100,000,000.

I'm trying to constraints on the length of an integer field and
both regex(.,'[A-Za-z0-9]{4}') and regex(.,'^[A-Za-z0-9]{4}$'), allow
inputs more than 4 digits. Can you please let me know how I can restrict
the length to exactly 4 digits?

Thanks,
Pratibha

···
On Thursday, January 31, 2013 1:38:47 AM UTC+5:30, Audrey Henkels wrote:
>
> Works perfectly now. Thanks for the help!
>
> Best,
> Audrey
>
> On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 10:53 PM, Yaw Anokwa <yan...@nafundi.com wrote:
>
>> First, make the question required. Second, add the start/end
>> characters (^ and $)
>>
>> Final XML should look like...
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 11:09 AM, Audrey Henkels <audrey....@gmail.com > wrote:
>> > Hi Yaw,
>> >
>> > Thanks for the speedy response. I made the change, and unfortunately,
>> now it
>> > doesn't seem to restrict the number of digits on input.
>> >
>> > Here is the constraint I used, in xls forms. Can you please confirm
>> that I
>> > have the correct formatting?
>> >
>> > regex(.,'[A-Za-z0-9]{2}')
>> >
>> > Thanks so much.
>> >
>> > Best,
>> > Audrey
>> >
>> >
>> > On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:31 PM, Yaw Anokwa <yan...@nafundi.com> wrote:
>> >>
>> >> The example I used was just uppercase. Try [A-Za-z0-9]{4} if you want
>> >> to include lower case.
>> >>
>> >> On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM, <audrey....@gmail.com > wrote:
>> >> > Hi Yaw,
>> >> >
>> >> > I have a question about the regex constraint you mention below. I
>> tested
>> >> > this out (as a constraint in xls forms) and found that it restricts
>> the
>> >> > number of digits correctly but only allows input that begins with
>> >> > letters.
>> >> > I'd like to be able to restrict to alphanumeric input, regardless of
>> >> > whether
>> >> > it begins with numbers or letters. Is this possible? Can you please
>> >> > advise
>> >> > as to the constraint that would accomplish that.
>> >> >
>> >> > Thanks so much for your help.
>> >> >
>> >> > Best,
>> >> > Audrey
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >> > On Friday, September 14, 2012 5:31:21 PM UTC+3, Yaw Anokwa wrote:
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Michael
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Both of these are somewhat advanced operations.
>> >> >>
>> >> >> For the first, you need to add something like this for the prompt
>> >> >> label. So if you wanted to ask someone their age, you'd put this:
>> >> >> "Hello, . What is your age?"
>> >> >>
>> >> >> For the second, you need a regular expression constraint (read
>> >> >> http://www.regular-expressions.info/ for more). For example, this
>> >> >> constraint will allow only alphanumeric input that is 4 characters
>> >> >> long.
>> >> >> regex(.,'[A-Z0-9]{4}')
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Hope this helps,
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Yaw
>> >> >>
>> >> >>
>> >> >> On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM, m_optimal wrote:
>> >> >> > Hi ODK Community,
>> >> >> >
>> >> >> > I'd like to know if there is an xls syntax for piping the
>> >> >> > respondent's
>> >> >> > Name
>> >> >> > (ex. Matt), such that when the next question comes up (ex. What is
>> >> >> > [NAME's]
>> >> >> > gender?), the [NAME's] automatically changes to the respondent's
>> >> >> > actual
>> >> >> > Name
>> >> >> > (ex. What is Matt's gender?).
>> >> >> >
>> >> >> > Secondly, I need some help with constraining the phone number such
>> >> >> > that
>> >> >> > the
>> >> >> > enumerator is required to entering a phone number that is between
>> >> >> > 7-10
>> >> >> > characters (integers) long, with the country code as the required
>> >> >> > integers
>> >> >> > for the first three characters. Is there a way to accomplish that
>> in
>> >> >> > xls?
>> >> >> >
>> >> >> > Thank you for the help!
>> >> >> >
>> >> >> > Michael
>> >> >> >
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The alternative is to use the text data type with appearance=numbers.
It won't save the value as a number, but I think that'll let you enter
commas.

Yaw

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similar with the previous questions about inputting number, is there any
way to have number field automatically separated by comma or dot (like in MS
Excel)?
With the default, there are many errors in typing number, especially the
long one. For example, to input 100 million then we have this format by
default: 100000000.

It is easy if the field automatically converts the input into 100,000,000.