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    Requested Widget: Dynamic dropdown list that allows unique selection on the list

    Asked by JohnSSmith on February 10, 2015 at 05:35 PM

    If a Widget had the ability to be either be a Drop Down List, radio buttons, or check-box's and also have the ability to create a list from other previously entered/chosen data and also manually entered, then that would be fantastic.

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    Answered by raul on February 10, 2015 at 06:49 PM

    Could you please provide more details about your suggestion?

    You would like to have the ability to retrieve previously entered data to populate fields? If so, would this data come from submitted information on that specific form, other forms, other fields?

    It would be great if you can provide an example so we can better understand what you're trying to achieve and see if we can provide a workaround or submit a feature request.

    Thank you.

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    Answered by JohnSSmith on February 10, 2015 at 07:21 PM

    For my purposes I was thinking it would be the same form, and previously entered fields in that form. Not sure about other forms, although I can see it may be possible, although problematic.

    Form Example

    Form Collapse Heading

    Data Field A

    Data Field B

    Data Field C

    Form Collapse Heading

    Data Field A

    Data Field B

    Data Field C

    Form Collapse Heading

    Data Field A

    Data Field B

    Data Field C

    Etc

     

    Widget Properties Example (I tried to emulate the two columns)
    General Settings

    Do you wish your list to                A drop down box with items Drop Down, Radio
    be a Drop Down, Radio                Buttons, or Checkboxes               
    Buttons, or Checkboxes -
    please choose

    Build your list here                      Button to choose a data field that exists in form 
    (Choose a Data field                    OR Text box to manually enter the text you want.
    or enter text)

    After choosing a data field or entering text, the field name ID or the text will appear in the box below.

    List of Items to be included
    (To the right is shown all the items to be included)
                                                                                                                Field A id 001
                                                                                                                Field A id 002
                                                                                                                Manual Text
                                                                                                                Field A id 003

    Should have the ability to re-order the list by moving up or down.

    Obviously the rest of the Settings/Properties for the widget should be as normal as provided in others like "Hover Text".

    OK so that's how I see it working as an example - I hope that makes sense.

     

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    Answered by EltonCris on February 11, 2015 at 01:44 AM

    @JohnSSmith

    Thanks for providing examples.

    That is indeed a good feature in addition to that particular widget. However, unfortunately widget can't work that way or at least it is not possible to browse values from another field. Simply because widget is separate from the standard tools. Also, it is designed specifically for drop downs.

    I think your best option is to manually enter text option as currently seen on the settings. If you want dependent options for check box and radios, you can do it with hide/show conditions. 

    Example, if the first option is selected, you can show another options after it. I think you're familiar with the following already, however this might somehow help. :)

    Thanks and have a good one!

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    Answered by JohnSSmith on February 11, 2015 at 03:27 AM

    OK Thanks  - not sure I actually understand what you are saying, or you have not grasped what I am saying.

    I am only calling it a widget, for identification purposes, but whether it is a standard tool or not I would leave up to you guys.

    Using the Show condition assumes I know what the data is -  I don't.

    The actual Data is unknown although I do know there is over 3800 choices, and the client has to enter it into a value field. Of course they already know what they own, so they dont have to make a choice.

    I then need them to be able to choose it again up to 72 times, and asking them to enter it again and again and again is .... impracticable.

     

    I mean look at the Condition you currently have -

    Update a form field value
    Use text values from multiple fields, predefined text, or the result of complex calculations

    Here you grab values from different fields to actually populate other fields.

    I am asking for something similar. Grab values from different fields to create a list for a drop down box, radio buttons, or check boxes.

    Anyway Thanks

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    Answered by EltonCris on February 11, 2015 at 05:21 AM

    Hi,

    Apologies for the confusion. :)

    I think I got what you mean exactly. You want the user inputs to be used on the other fields by having them populated on the other elements like drop down, radio or check boxes.

    Unfortunately, we do not have this kind of feature, it seems pretty complex as it sounds. However, you might want to consider using these widgets http://widgets.jotform.com/search/contributed where user can manually input options they want only for that specific field. However, this can't be distributed on the other elements since like I've said, framed widgets like the one above does not support population. Another option is to get your form source code so you can freely implement the function you want. Here's how to get your form source code. http://www.jotform.com/help/104-How-to-get-the-Full-Source-Code-of-your-Form

    Let us know should you have further questions. Thank you so much!

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    Answered by JohnSSmith on February 11, 2015 at 05:09 PM

    Ahh ok -Yes I realise you don't have this exact feature, but you have something similar

    Update a form field value
    Use text values from multiple fields, predefined text, or the result of complex calculations

    That condition, although only working for numeric data allows you to grab values from different fields, and populate another. In other words you have the ability to grab the data!

     

    Yes the contributed dropdown box will not work as I cant reuse it without them re-enting the data.

     

    I must admit I did not actually see it as complicated.

    You have the Form ID

    You have access to the data entered.

    The only bit that does not exist is the ability to build the list from the data, and display it.

    However it may only be me that sees this as a good feature.

    Thank you for helping on this.