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    How can I allow only a specific user to see certain fields in the form - like submit

    Asked by guineapigme on March 04, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Basically I am looking for what a lot of people want ... a read only version of the form.   And, I would like to be able to force a read only mode view (which might have subsetted fields or even form tabs).


    Firstly, is there a way to conditionally show form tabs?

    Is there a way to "automatically" set a condition when calling up an instance of a form.




    I would like a simple mechanism to allow one user to have access to the form in a "submit" mode while set of people to see a read-only version of the form (with no submit buttons and other things that were relevant in an edit mode).


    Is there a way to automatically carry in a "mode" on a form.


    Right now I am relying on the "honor" system to mode select to have view or edit capabilities for the form contents.

    This is clumsy.   

    I would also like the ability to do some filtering prior to print or submission such that I could filter out those buttons in my print view. 


    Any ideas?


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    Answered by Welvin on March 04, 2015 at 12:00 PM


    Unfortunately, we do not have an option to set read-only fields for just a certain form users. Our read-only feature is applied to all users and there's currently no way you can set a condition like this. I can submit a request about it to our developers. I think this is possible, like for example,  If a field is filled, make this other field as "Read-Only".

    For your questions:

    Firstly, is there a way to conditionally show form tabs?

    -Unfortunately, you cannot apply a conditional logic to our form tabs widget. The form tab widget is always visible in the form and only when there's a page break in your form.


    Is there a way to "automatically" set a condition when calling up an instance of a form.

    -Can you please explain this further? Do you mean to say, to set a condition to make field as read-only as I have explained above?


    Is there a way to automatically carry in a "mode" on a form.

    -For read-only, you can do this in the form. However, you cannot use this if you want to limit users and give others the ability to still edit the field.


    I think a workaround would be to use multiple forms. One form with read-only fields and one form which is fillable. Then you can embed these two forms into another form, then set a conditional logic to show the forms based on the selection. Show Read-Only form is the user selects the read-only option and the same for the other form.

    You can use our iFrame widget: http://widgets.jotform.com/widget/iframe_embed for embedding a form into another form.

    How's that? Let me know if you agree with this and needs an example.



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    Answered by guineapigme on March 04, 2015 at 02:38 PM

    This would be very difficult to maintain if I had to set the read-only option for each individual field.


    A global read-only option for fields seems much more workable.  IS there any injected code that would do this?  And if so, could it itself be executed conditionally?

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    Answered by david on March 04, 2015 at 03:42 PM

    To the best of my knowledge it is not possible to make your fields globally read only with CSS.  This may be possible with Javascript or JQuery:


    Though this is outside the realm of what we support.

    My colleague recommendation of having two separate forms that are conditionally shown is the best course I can come up with as well.