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Laying out Request Fields on a Form

The Panel property, used in conjunction with the Sequence number, controls where fields are placed on a request form. A panel represents an area of a request form. (See Creating and Mapping Fields and Request Field Worksheet for information creating request fields.)

There are 9 available panels, which are arranged in sets of 3: (1,2 3) (4,5 6) (7,8 9). The first 2 panels in each set (1,2, 4, 5, 7,8) represent a left column and a right column, respectively. The third panel can hold a wide text box.

The diagram below represents all 9 panels; the shading represents the 9 panels.

  • Panels 1, 4 and 7 are column 1

  • Panels 2, 5 and 8 column 2

  • Panels 3 , 6 , 9  consume column 1 and 2 if you use a text box

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There is no limit to the number of fields you can place in a panel. You cannot align specific fields in one panel to specific fields in another panel. A field is positioned within a panel according to its sequence number.

For example, in the diagram above, Field 1 Panel 2 has a lower sequence number than Field 2 Panel 1. If you remove Field 1 Panel 2, then Field 2 Panel 2 will takes its place. The same thing will happen if you hide Field 1 Panel 2 between gates: the positioning will be affected as the field's "place" will not be saved.