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Text area

This element creates a question and allows the user to type the answer. A typical result of a text area on a web page is:

Form builder module answer screenshot v7

Text area Element

1. Drag and drop the Text Area element into the appropriate location:

Forms module text area icon

2. Configure the element. The following view will be displayed:

Forms - Text Area.PNG

 3. Edit/configure:


Enter an appropriate question.

Friendly Label

If required, enter a Friendly label to be presented to an end user.

Aria label 

If required, enter an Aria Label, which is read out by assistive technology such as a screen reader.


Select whether the question and answers are displayed in two separate columns, or whether the answers sit under the question as rows in a single column.


If required, check to make completion of the field mandatory.

Mandatory Validation Message

Enter an appropriate message. 

Physical Width

Enter the width of the answer box in percentage of the screen.

Physical Height

Enter the number of rows available before the element starts to scroll.

Default Value

If required, prepopulate the element with a default value.

Character Limit

If required, enter an appropriate character limit for the field.

Note: this can currently be limited to a maximum of 999,999,999 characters.

Character Limit Validation Message

Enter an appropriate message. 

Show As

Select if the element and the responses are to render in the Records view when managing responses. If the element is to display select whether or not is displays as a link to the full response.


If required, check to allow the administrator to sort records by this field.

Include in Keyword Search

If required, check to make the element searchable.

4. Click OK.