U4-8101 - Inconsistent property editor name: textbox vs textstring

Created by Douglas Robar 02 Mar 2016, 09:11:39 Updated by Douglas Robar 05 Mar 2018, 10:11:43

Adding a document type property, there is a single-line text item on the 'Available Editors' tab in the 'Common' section. It is named 'Textbox'. However, the same property on the 'Reuse' tab's 'Common' section is named 'Textstring'.

Both should be the same name.

My personal preference is for both to be called Textstring because to my mind a Textbox is easily confused with a Textarea. Though I would be happy enough with either as long as they are consistent.

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Bjarne Fyrstenborg 08 Mar 2016, 08:43:52

To me "textstring" is not clear as both singleline and multiline text is a textstring. I think most developers know the terms "Textarea" and "Textbox" related to the html input type. Another option might be to name them "Text singleline" and "Text multiline"?

Matthew 23 May 2017, 15:40:21

This is still inconsistent. I also get errors whenever I try to pick textstring.

Mark Drake 20 Oct 2017, 12:49:32

My suggestion would be either (a) go with what is already established in HTML and use text and textarea, or (b) use one editor for text and a checkbox as part of the configuration to show multiple lines. I would personally go with (b).

Bjarne Fyrstenborg 20 Oct 2017, 13:50:46

@Mark.Drake I don't think it can use approach (b) at the moment since textbox and textarea also are used as macro parameter editors, which don't have prevalues. E.g. the max characters prevalue is not available in macro parameters.

Douglas Robar 05 Mar 2018, 10:11:43

Another student noticed this inconsistency.

Priority: Normal

Type: Bug

State: Submitted


Difficulty: Normal


Backwards Compatible: True

Fix Submitted:

Affected versions: 7.4.1, 7.9.2

Due in version:


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