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This is a single line text entry field. The initialization value is set by the 'value' property. The 'value' property is also used to receive input in a Rich UI application through field binding.

Validation (Rich UI Only)

(Input link to validation and error messages page under Input Widgets section)Please visit the Validation and Error Messages page.

Field Binding Dialog (Rich UI Only)

(Input link to Please visit the Field Binding page under Widget section).

Input Type (Rich UI Only)

The 'input type' property can be used to set the 'type' attribute of the HTML <input> element that is rendered for the textbox. Input types are primarily useful for mobile applications, as the mobile device will display a different version of the keypad based on the value (i.e. numeric entry, telephone number, etc.) However, some of these options are supported by HTML5 capable browsers. If this field is not set a standard textbox element will be used by default.


URL - The url type is for input fields containing a URL address. For mobile browsers this field allows your device to recognize the email type and change the on-screen keyboard to match (giving .com options depending on the device).

Auto-Complete Choices

Auto-complete allows your textbox field to automatically suggest choices based on text entered into the textbox.


  1. Comma separated list - A simple list of values separated by just a comma (i.e. Apple, Orange, Banana).
  2. Wiki Markup*{_}JSON array format{_}* \ - Using JSON array format, meaning the choices/values are enclosed in a bracket with quotations and then comma separated (i.e. \ ["ElementOne", "ElementTwo"\] ) within the choices and choice values fields also allows you to populate the auto-complete, these fields can also be bound to an RPG field (*Rich UI only*).

2. Database-Driven Auto-Complete - See Database-Driven Auto-Complete section below.

Database-Driven Auto-Complete

This section allows choices/values to be retrieved from a database file.

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Choices database file - Enter the database file to use to populate populate your options/values. When setting your database file it's not required to qualify with library name, although you can. if the library is omitted, the application job's library list will be used.


This property when set to true looks for records that contain your search text. When set to false the query looks for your at the start of the records to match your search text. The default for this is set to false.

Dynamic Auto-Complete

Choices URL

The choices URL property allows you to use an external program to return your choice options and values by passing them using JSON formatting. A PHP script would be one example of a custom program used to pass the values to your application. When using the choices URL property, all database-driven auto-complete properties are ignored.


These are values returned from an auto-complete textbox in a successful response from the external program:

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    "success": true,
    "response": {
        "results": [
                "PNAME": "QUEST BOREAL",
                "PRID": "523"
                "PNAME": "QUEST ECLIPSE",
                "PRID": "524"
                "PNAME": "QUEST EQUINOX",
                "PRID": "525"
        "colWidths": [

In the successful response you can see the fields PNAME, PRID are being set by the script and the values are returned in the successful JSON. The additional colWidths is setting the column size of the widget when multiple fields are being returned (this is optional).

This is what how the successful response is displayed from the example above:in the application. The search criteria (Q in the example below) is posted to the program as field query.

JSON Error Response Example

This example is the JSON information returned using JSON formatting to report when the script encounters an error with an external program driven auto-complete textbox.

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    "success": false,
    "errorId": "08001",
    "errorText": "Authorization failure on distributed database connection attempt. SQLCODE=-30082"


Full PHP Script Example:

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  define("MAX", 10);
  define("DB", "S100450A");
  define("USER", "QPGMRuser");
  define("PASS", "password");

  $records = array();
  $query = "";
  $limit = 0;
  if (isset($_REQUEST["query"])) $query = $_REQUEST["query"];
  if (isset($_REQUEST["limit"])) $limit = intval($_REQUEST["limit"]);
  if ($query != "") {
    $query = strtoupper($query) . "%";
    if ($limit == 0 || $limit > MAX) $limit = MAX;

    // Example of error reporting.
    $con = db2_connect(DB, USER, PASS, array("i5_naming" => DB2_I5_NAMING_ON));
    if (!$con) {
      $response = array(
        "success" => false,
        "errorId" => db2_conn_error(),
        "errorText" => db2_conn_errormsg()
      print json_encode($response);
    // The following will not be error checked, for brevity.
    $stm = "select distinct pname, prid from rpgspcart/prodp where pname like ? order by pname";
    $stm = db2_prepare($con, $stm);   
    db2_bind_param($stm, 1, "query", DB2_PARAM_IN, DB2_CHAR);
    $count = 0;
    while (db2_fetch_row($stm) && $count < $limit) {
      $record = array();
      $record["PNAME"] = trim(db2_result($stm, "PNAME"));
      $record["PRID"] = trim(db2_result($stm, "PRID"));
      $records[$count++] = $record;
  // "colWidths" is optional, this helps the widget to
  // size the columns when multiple fields are displayed.
  $return = array(
    "success" => true,
    "response" => array (
      "results" => $records,
      "colWidths" => array(
        db2_field_precision($stm, "PNAME"),
        db2_field_precision($stm, "PRID")
  print json_encode($return);

Auto-Complete Results Template

The auto-complete results panel is built using a preset HTML template that is built into the product. CSS classes are attached to allow for custom styling. For complete control over the output, a custom HTML template can be assigned using the "results template" property. This property accepts an HTML fragment that will be inserted into the results panel for each returned record. In the HTML template, a field name within parenthesis will be replaced with the actual field data when the results HTML is generated.

For example, to make each record display as a block with 2 lines that display one field each, the "results template" property could be set to the following: 

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<div class="autocomplete-item">
  <div class="autocomplete-col"><strong>Label one:</strong> (MYFIELD)</div>
  <div class="autocomplete-col"><strong>Label two:</strong> (MYFIELD2)</div>

The CSS classes assigned can then be used to control styling such as borders, etc.