Help Center

Data Field Format

The options on the Data-Data tab of the Windows properties dialog box allow formatting of the way that data will be shown.

Data View Definitions
This field shows each Data View Definition that has been attached to this window (Tabular Displays can have only one Data View Definition). Double-click on a line in this box to reopen the Data View Definition dialog box.

Refresh Rate
Set the data collection interval - the default is 10 seconds. See the Data Collection Intervals for details.

Don’t substitute nodes from parent document
When this option is checked, node substitution from a source such as a drill-down or link will not be processed, i.e. the Display window will use the nodes specified in the Nodes tab of its associated Data View Definition.

Tools
  Show "invisible” data and meta fields
  Add User Defined Field. See User-Defined Fields.
  Delete User Defined Field
  Open User Defined Field properties dialog box.
  Move selected item up in the list.
  Move the selected item down in the list.

Data Field Name
This column lists the 'visible' data and meta fields that have been configured for this Display. Metafields are not automatically shown when a Display is initially created, the  symbol needs to be selected in order to view the metafields and any data fields that have been marked as invisible. Once any field is marked as visible, it will always be shown in the Data Field Name box.

A Tooltip will appear when your mouse pointer is held over a Data Field item on the list, displaying the item’s definition.

Complete the following fields as required:

Visible
Check this box to make this data field visible on the Display. Uncheck the box to make the field invisible.

Format
Where applicable, this field allows you to choose either a time/ date format or the number of decimal places to be shown, depending on the type of data being collected. Click on the Format field to open the drop-down selection list then click on the required format type to add the selection to the Display.

If a data field is a decimal numeric type (e.g. 8.1.4) then the Format field will contain a drop-down list box containing the decimal options of; Default, 0, 0.0, 0.00, 0.000, 0.0000, 0.00000 and 0.000000. The Default option will show data with the number of digits after the decimal place as per the actual data that is computed by the underlying Prognosis system.

If a data field is a timestamp type the Format field will contain a drop-down list box with a range of time/date format options.

If the data field is neither of the above types the Format field will be blank and disabled.

Use Default Heading (Applicable to Tabular Displays only)
Check this box to use the default heading for this data field as shown in the adjacent Heading column.

Uncheck this box to use a user defined heading which can be entered into the now active Heading field or if a previous user defined heading has been added this can be selected from the drop-down list.

Heading (Applicable to Tabular Displays only)
This column shows the headings that are used in tabular Displays for each Data Field item. A default heading is included. However, if the adjacent 'Use Default Heading' box is unchecked a user defined heading may be created.

Previous User Defined Headings will be stored and may be selected from the drop-down list when required. Checking the 'Use Default Heading' box will reinstate the default heading.

The following characters may be used for formatting purposes:
'\n’ is used to specify a new line.
'\\’ is used to specify the';' character.

Prompts can be inserted into table headings. The prompt will be substituted with its current value when the Display is started. In this usage, the prompt will carry forward a specific piece of data from one Display into a table heading in a drill-down Display. For example, this might be used to carry forward a node name from a data field in one Display into a table heading of a Display containing detailed information about that node. To include a prompt in a table heading it must be manually entered into the Heading field, e.g. #NodeName. To find the available prompt names it is necessary to refer to the Prompt Table Maintenance dialog box which is accessed from the Toolbar of the Windows Client by selecting Options>Maintain Prompts. Where carry forward data is not available the prompt default setting will be used. The feature for a prompt to open a prompt form dialog box requesting manual entry of data is not enabled in this usage. An ampersand (@) is used as an escape character where the # symbol is required literally without creating a prompt, in this case the @ is placed after the #, e.g. #@. For further details about substituting data into a prompt see Drill-down Substitutions.

Wrap Text (Windows Client) (Applicable to Tabular Displays only)
Selecting the Wrap Text check box will force these data columns to apply word wrapping to the displayed data. The row height will be adjusted automatically.

Provide feedback on this article