2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 21, 2016 9:55 AM by gkaiseril

    Anticipating dynamic field names

    jotasprout Level 1

      Dynamic field names on pages spawned from templates begin with "P1," "P2," etc. based on where the page is spawned.


      How can I write my code for buttons and other scripts if I don't know in what order templates will be spawned?


      I'm creating a PDF containing several templates to be spawned as needed and, often, multiple times.


      I have fields that need to communicate with other fields across pages but, even fields on the same page won't be able to communicate because a button using getField won't know that a field will be called "P4.templateName.fieldName"


      Is it possible to have a script that executes when a page is spawned, assigning that "P4" or whatever to a variable that I can use in the other scripts?


      Is it possible to change the naming convention for dynamic fields?

        • 1. Re: Anticipating dynamic field names
          Karl Heinz Kremer Adobe Community Professional

          There is a script that is being executed when a page is spawned, and that is your script that is calling Template.spawn(). You know what parameters you've provided to the spawn method, and therefore you also know what page number the newly spawned page has, so you can save that information right after you called the spawn method.

          • 2. Re: Anticipating dynamic field names
            gkaiseril MVP & Adobe Community Professional

            See A Lesson in Template for an explanation of the naming convention.


            It is possible when there is a defined naming convention that one can compute the names of fields once one gets any field that follows the naming convention. One can get the name of the of a field that has focus using "event.target.name". if this field was renamed as part of the spawning of the page, it will have 2 hierarchical levels of the format "P#." and "[template name]". So if one has a field name of "Amouint" on the template named "Invoice" and that template is used to spawn a new page after the first page of the form with the fields being renamed, the name for that field will be "P1.Invoice.Amount". Now usi


            ng the "event.target.name" in say the calculation field, one use a script like:


            // get the focused field name;

            var cNameField = event.target.name;


            to get the field's name. Now can split the nirearchical field name into an array using the "split()" method. Sincet each level of the name is seprated by a ".", using that character for the split method will create an array where each level of the name is a element in the array;


            So we can now have the code:


            // get the focused field name;

            var cNameField = event.target.name;

            // split the field name into an array;

            var aNameField = cNameField.split(".");

            // list the levels of the name field;



            for(var I = 0; I < aName.length; I++)


            console.println(I + ": " +aNameField[I]);



            So the console should now display:


            0: P1

            1: Invoice

            2: Amount


            Element 0 of the array is the "P#" value and element  1 is the template name. With these values one can compute the name of any field renamed on that spawned page.

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