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Going Beyond Basic Forms
In the previous chapter, you learned the fundamentals of designing and
IN THIS CHAPTER
publishing custom Outlook forms. This chapter goes beyond the basics
to cover some more advanced aspect of custom form design.
Understanding custom fields
Working with Read and
Using Custom Fields
Given the wide array of form fields provided by Outlook, you might think
you would never need a custom field. This would be a mistake — it is fairly
common for a form design to require one or more custom fields to meet the
needs of the application. This section shows you how to define custom fields
and add them to a page on a form.
Creating shared, combination,
and formula fields
Validating user input
Using form properties
Understanding form actions
Planning a Custom Field
Once you have determined that none of Outlook’s built-in fields are
appropriate for your data, your next step is to do a little planning. Two factors
come into play:
Including VBScript in your forms
n Is the custom field a good match for the type of data it will contain?
n Does the custom field provide flexibility for further changes to
For example, suppose you are designing a form for employee data, and one
of the pieces of information is gender. There are only two mutually exclusive
choices, Male and Female, and the list of choices will never expand, so using
an OptionButton control — two of them to be precise — makes sense.