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    How do I lock the field for my auto-populating date/time stamp?

    Asked by anjaba on April 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    OR...How do I make the hidden field show the date/time?  I want to do a conditional formatting so that if the form is submitted after a certain time, they will acknowledge that there is an associated late fee.


    Thank you for any help!

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    Answered by moonzkie on April 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM


    Unfortunately, such option is not available as of the moment .

    Thank you for using Jotform. Let us know if there's anything else that you require assistance with.

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    Answered by anjaba on April 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    OK, then how do I get the submission time (system generated) that shows up in the submissions to be a field in the e-mail responses?

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    Answered by abajan on April 21, 2012 at 07:13 PM

    The simplest way to do this would be to hide the Time Stamp field by injecting the following rule:

    #id_7 {
    display: none;

    It appears to me that the other hidden field (labeled "Time") is unnecessary.

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    Answered by abajan on April 21, 2012 at 07:17 PM

    Incidentally, there's another way to have a time stamp appear in email alerts. Please see Using Dates in Email Templates.

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    Answered by anjaba on April 24, 2012 at 09:04 PM

    I'll pay $200 to the person who can make this happen:

    Child's name (drop down)

    Name of parent filling it out (text line)

    Auto-populated time, that users CANNOT fill in themselves.

    A pop-up acknowledgement of late fees if pickup is after a certain time of day.

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    Answered by fxr on April 25, 2012 at 07:22 PM

    That functionality would require downloading the forms source code and adding some bespoke javascript. 


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    Answered by anjaba on April 25, 2012 at 07:49 PM

    FXR, are you able to do that for the price I offered?