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Hidden Field Component

Capture hidden information in your form submissions.

The UBCMS is not an appropriate place for ANY regulated private data, such as bank credit/debit card numbers, government-issued ID numbers, health information or computer passwords.

We discourage building forms in shared content -- this practice may interfere with normal functionality, such as validation.

The component after being dropped into a form.

The component after being dropped into a form.

Using This Component

Add the component to the page between the Start of Form and End of Form sections of the Form Container component. It has one tab.

Name and Value Tab

Element Name: Specify the name to be associated with this field when the data is stored or emailed. Required.

  • It may contain only numbers, letters and selected special characters (the underscore, period, backslash, colon and hyphen).
  • Not visible to the public.

Value: Specify the pre-determined fixed value for this setting.

Use parameters: Select if desired. Developers only!

  • Allows authors to preload this form value from the URL that loaded the form. 
  • e.g. If the field name is 'myfield' and the page URL is '…/form.html?myfield=123' then the default value of the field when the form is first loaded would be "123."
  • This can be useful to solve a variety of things, such as a contact form that is preloaded with a different 'To' address depending on which link was first clicked. While the initial destination would be pre-selected, the visitor could see that choice and adjust as necessary.
The component opened for editing.

The component opened for editing.

Restrictions

  1. This component must be placed between the Start of Form and End of Form sections of the Form Container component.
  2. We discourage building forms in shared content -- this practice may interfere with normal functionality, such as validation.

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Last Reviewed:

October 26, 2016