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What is Input Masks?

An input mask is a string of characters that indicates the format of valid input values. You can use input masks in table fields, query fields, and controls on forms and reports. The input mask is stored as an object property. You use an input mask when it's important that the format of the input values is consistent. 

How to Use

In an input mask, special characters correspond to the possible values that a user can enter. These are:

Character

Purpose

n

An optional digit (0-9)

N

A mandatory digit (0-9)

a

An optional letter (a-z or A-Z)

A

A mandatory letter (a-z or A-Z)

?

An optional character (any printable character)

&

A mandatory character (any printable character)

\

The escape character. This removes the special meaning of the mask character


Any other character matches the character itself. The match is not case sensitive.

Examples

  • "nN%" matches "5%" and "87%" but not "12" or "123%"
  • "ANnn" matches "P52" and "B273" but not "983" or "Y"
  • "A(Nnn)" matches "Q(154)" and "R(29)" but not "R29" or "A(N12)"
  • "aaaaaaaa" matches any combination of up to 8 letters
  • "&&&" matches "25%" but not "1234" or "LL"
  • "Nnnn \Nu\ns" matches "26 nuns" but not "26 8u7s" 
  • "bob" matches "BOB" and "Bob"
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