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Elements

Elements are containers for specific content within a Type.

Use several Elements assigned to a Type to create a template for inputting and storing information.

There are eleven types of Elements:
  • Text (for textual information).

  • Boolean (a yes/no response that is most often manifest as a checkbox or a switch).

  • Date/Time (for Date and/or Time information).

  • Embed (stores code for displaying an embeddable feature).

  • File (for uploading and storing media such as images or documents).

  • Geo (for creating and storing geospatial information in the form of a point, path or polygon).

  • Number (for number values).

  • Option (allows selection from among several optional predefined values).

  • Entry (allows for the creation or linking of Entries to another entry).

  • Contact (allows for the creation or linking of Contacts to an Entry).

  • ID (allows for enforcing a distinct value within a project. For example, a product identification number).

A variety of preferences can be set for each Element.

For example, a text Element has a preference that determines the maximum number of characters the Element should allow. An option Element preference allows the definition of the specific options the Element will include.

An Element requires a label.

An Element label and description are used to describe the information that will be found within the Element. An Element description can be used as helper text providing additional details to the person inputting the content.

Elements are containers for content.

When content is added it exists specifically in individual Elements. This facilitates Content access at a very individual and granular level.

For example, content for a Type called Hotel might include these three Elements designed to describe the Hotel: A text area Element that has the label "About this Hotel," another option Element with the label "Seasons Open," and a third geo Element that contains the precise latitude and longitude coordinates of the hotel.

An Element can be assigned to more than one Type of content.

A “Seasons Open” Element may be useful for more than one Type of content. The Element can be assigned to all the different Types of content that it is pertinent to.

For example, a Type of content called “Hotel," may be assigned the “Seasons Open” Element. The same “Seasons Open” Element may also be assigned to another Type of content called “Restaurant."

The order of Elements is distinct for every Type.

For example, the following Elements for a Type of content called “Hotel” may have this order:

1) Label: About this Establishment | Format: Text

2) Label: Hours of Operation | Format: Date/Time

3) Label: Reservations Accepted | Format: Boolean

4) Label: Location | Format: Geo

A different Type of content called "Restaurant" may use the same Elements in a different order:

1) Label: About this Establishment | Format: Text

2) Label: Reservations Accepted | Format: Boolean

3) Label: Hours of Operation | Format: Date/Time

4) Label: Location | Format: Geo

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