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  • Introduction
  • Introduction to Oracle Forms
  • Overview of Oracle Forms
  • Forms Components
  • Starting the Builder
  • The Object Hierarchy
  • The Property Palette
  • Creating a Form Module
  • Naming a Form Module
  • How Forms Relate to Tables
  • Data Block Wizard: Navigating the Wizards
  • Layout Wizard
  • Canvases
  • Content Canvas
  • The Layout Editor
  • Layout Editor Overview
  • Moving Objects
  • Resizing Objects
  • Resizing objects
  • Resizing the Canvas in the Layout Editor
  • Aligning Objects
  • Aligning objects
  • Grouping Objects
  • Grouping objects
  • Ungrouping objects
  • Boilerplate Text
  • Create boilerplate text
  • Edit boilerplate text
  • The Color Palette
  • Windows
  • Compiling Your Form
  • Module Access
  • Running Your Form
  • File Types
  • File types
  • Forms Documentation
  • Customizing Data Blocks
  • Data Block Property Categories
  • Specifying the Default Navigation Sequence
  • Specifying the Navigation Style for a Data Block
  • Making Items Navigable and Enabled
  • Creating a Data Block Manually
  • Joining Blocks
  • Text and Display Items
  • Creating a Text Item
  • General Properties
  • General properties
  • Physical Properties
  • Records Properties
  • Visual Attribute Properties
  • Color Properties
  • Font Properties
  • Prompt Properties
  • Data Properties
  • Initial Values
  • Initial values
  • Format Masks
  • Navigation Properties
  • Navigation properties
  • Database Properties
  • Database properties
  • Functional Properties
  • Functional properties
  • Creating Multi-Line Text Items
  • Help Properties
  • Help properties
  • Display Items
  • Display items
  • Additional Items
  • Defining Check Boxes
  • Converting a Text Item
  • Defining List Items
  • Creating and Defining Radio Groups
  • Creating and Defining Buttons
  • Introduction to Triggers
  • Triggers Overview
  • PL/SQL Constructs
  • PL/SQL Editor
  • Create a New Trigger
  • To create a new trigger:
  • Trigger Definition and Scope
  • Trigger Properties
  • Navigation with Triggers
  • WHEN-NEW-Object-INSTANCE Triggers
  • Pre- and Post-Triggers
  • Built-in Navigation Subprograms
  • Validation Triggers
  • Validating Items During Data Entry
  • When-Validate-Item
  • Validating at the Record Level
  • Query Triggers
  • Query Processing
  • Fire in Enter Query Mode
  • System Modes
  • Transaction Triggers
  • Transactions
  • Data Block-Level Transaction Triggers
  • Form-Level Transactional Triggers
  • Creating Lists of Values and Editors
  • What is a List of Values?
  • Creating an LOV Using the LOV Wizard
  • Canvases, Part II
  • About Canvases
  • Stacked Canvas
  • Toolbar Canvas
  • Tab Canvas
  • Messages and Alerts
  • What Kinds of Messages Are Automatically Displayed?
  • Building Your Own Messages
  • Built-In Functions that Detect Success and Failure
  • Triggers that Intercept Messages
  • Alerts
  • Displaying the Alert
  • Changing the Alert Message
  • Setting a Text Item During Runtime
  • Obtaining Property Values From Items
  • Sharing Objects and Code
  • Property Classes
  • Property classes
  • Creating Property Classes
  • Object Groups
  • Object groups
  • Copying Vs. Subclassing
  • Multiple-Form Applications
  • About Multiple-Form Applications
  • Multiple-form applications
  • CALL_FORM Built-In
  • NEW_FORM Built-In
  • Global Variables
  • Global variables
  • Preparing to Move to Banner
  • Conversion
  • Answer Guide

Data Properties



Data Type

Specifies what kinds of values Oracle Forms allows as input and
how Oracle Forms displays those values (Examples: NUMBER,

Maximum Length

Specifies the maximum length of the data value that can be stored
in the item.

Fixed Length

When set to No, Fixed Length specifies that the item should be
considered valid only when it contains the maximum number of
characters allowed.

Initial Value

Specifies the default value that Oracle Forms should assign to the
item whenever a record is created.


When a new record is being entered, specifies that the item is
invalid when its value is NULL.

Format Mask

Specifies the display format and input accepted for data in text

Lowest / Highest
Allowed Value

Determines the maximum value or minimum value, inclusive, that
Oracle Forms allows in the text item.

Copy Value From

Specifies the source of the value that Oracle Forms uses to
populate the item. When you define a master-detail relation,
Oracle Forms sets this property automatically on the foreign key
item(s) in the detail data block.

Synchronize with

Specifies the name of the item from which the current item should
derive its value. Setting this property synchronizes the values of
the two items, so that they effectively mirror each other. Used for
items within the same data block.

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