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    Is it possible to have information in a text field output in a narrative as well?

    Asked by rlzolinas on January 13, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    I have a wedding contract where I'd like the text entered in the text fields to also populate to the narrative fields


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    JotForm Support

    Answered by ashwin_d on January 13, 2016 at 01:19 PM

    Hello rlzolinas,

    You may like to take a look at our "Narrative Fields" and "Passage Test" widgets and see if that fits into your requirement.

    Hope this helps.

    Do get back to us if you have any questions.

    Thank you!

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    Answered by rlzolinas on January 13, 2016 at 01:30 PM


    Let me clarify:

    Is there a way to take values that are input into the first 4 fields and have them also display in the narrative fields that are specified? We don't want to have to enter the same information twice, but need it to display in the narrative as well. Please see the link.


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    Answered by John  on January 13, 2016 at 02:27 PM
    Hi ashwin_d. Basing on the form, I think rlzolinas is asking how to pipe values using {field names} into her text field.
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    Answered by Charlie on January 13, 2016 at 05:55 PM

    Here's a cloned form with the changes I made: https://form.jotform.com/60127194589968. You can clone it to have a copy of it in your account, you can follow this guide: http://www.jotform.com/help/42-How-to-Clone-an-Existing-Form-from-a-URL 

    Here's how I did mine:

    1. First, we will "pipe" or output the form fields value on the "Text" field by using the field tag names.

    2. You can get the field name tag under "Edit Properties" of the form field.


    3. The problem is that the "Text" field cannot store or save values from input fields. To resolve this, I will have a "Text area" field added in the background, I have set it to hidden.

    4. Now we will add the same text value on your "Text" field in the "Textarea" field under the "Default" value. Make sure that the field name tags are there. I will set that field to "hidden" and "read-only".


    Why are we using "Text" field and a "Text area" field separately? The "Text" field gives you the freedom to format the displayed narrative text. While the "Text area" field allows you to save and store the narrative text in your submissions.

    I hope that helps.

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    Answered by John  on January 13, 2016 at 08:42 PM
    Hi Charlie. You forgot to change Sept. 24th to {today's date}. Also, the format specified was ddMMMMyyyy.
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    Answered by ashwin_d on January 14, 2016 at 01:09 AM

    Hello John,

    Please take a look at the following cloned form in which I have made the requested changes:  https://form.jotform.com/60130726468959 

    Do get back to us if you need any other changes.

    Thank you!