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Fields

Pega Platform™ applications collect and process important case data. By defining the fields that are displayed at runtime, you can collect information from users or present case information for review. For example, when providing search criteria to book accommodations, users enter each search criteria in a separate field. The criteria return results that are displayed as read-only information.

Each field corresponds to a data element that stores a single value. When you create a data element, you assign a field type. The field type identifies the type of information stored in the system. By assigning a field type to a data element, you ensure that users provide valid information in the field and that the system displays data in the correct format, as shown in the following Booking form.

Example: Booking field types

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Simple field types

In Pega Platform, you can assign a simple field type to a data element. The following table shows a list of simple field types and the information each type stores.

Field Type Type of Data Field Example
Text (single-line) Any single line of text.
fieldSingle
Text (paragraph) A large text box that accepts multiple lines of text.
paragraphField
Boolean Allows users to select a check box to indicate one of two possible responses.
booleanField
Currency Currency code and value are stored based on the default currency type.
currencyField
Date & time UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) value normalized to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Date automatically displays in a localized format.
dateTimeField
Date only Calendar date with a localized format.
dateField
Decimal Numbers with a fractional component. Use this field type when fractions are needed.
decimalField
Email Valid email format with an @ symbol. An email field is an action-oriented control, meaning the value stores in the field displays as a link. For an email, the link initiates users' default email application.
emailField
Integer Positive and negative whole numbers, including the value zero (0).
integerField
Percentage Positive and negative decimal numbers entered as a decimal and displayed as a percentage. For example, .5 displays as 50%.
percentField
Phone Digits display in a localized format. A phone field is an action-oriented control, meaning the value stored in the field displays as a link. For example, if users access the application on a mobile device, the phone number link initiates a phone call.
phoneField
Picklist A list of predefined values.
picklistField
Time only UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) value normalized to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
timeOnlyField
URL Web address. A URL field is an action-oriented control, meaning the value stored in the field displays as a link. For a URL, the link initiates the user's default browser and opens the target web page.
URLField
Tip: An integer field stores only the value that begins at the first non-zero digit. For values that do not require arithmetic calculations, use a text field type.

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