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    How to make a form field where the customer can input description and number of items?

    Asked by qtrans on July 22, 2011 at 07:11 AM

    I need to make an packing list form on our webpage

    please advise how to make a field where the customer can input descreption and nr og item

    ex boxes containing clothes and shoes  ( 8) 

         boxes with kithen ware                    (2)

    Ttal items                                           (10)

    And if it is posible i would like to add a feature where it all auto calculate at the end


    Looking forward to you answer

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    Answered by NeilVicente on July 22, 2011 at 03:04 PM


    Thank you for your question. I think a matrix field would best suit your need.

    To add a matrix field:

    Click or drag the matrix field tool to your form. It can be found under the Survey Tools section


    By default a matrix field has radio buttons selected as the input type.

    You can change this by clicking on the Input Type button then choosing the input type you prefer:

    Click the Rows and Columns button to edit the labels for the rows and columns


    Take a look at this sample form in which I tried to replicate the form that you want to create.

    The only problem with a matrix field is that it does not have any auto-calculate function.

    In fact, we only have two fields which have a calculate (sum) function. Those are the payment field (paypal, google checkout, authorize.net) and the grading field.



    You can probably use a grading field in conjunction with a matrix field. However, it would pose a lot of different problems especially with gathering data. Since if you use two fields, namely a grading field and a matrix field, data gathered would be separate and it would be quite hard to match the numbers entered in the grading field with the description text entered in the matrix field. Not to mention that a matrix field displays submitted data in an entirely different way.

    Let us know if you need further assistance with regards to this topic. Thanks!