DSP® Application Development

Set Spanning Properties

Spanning Properties is a method to reduce horizontal scrolling and present data efficiently. In some cases there may not be enough fields or differences to warrant creating a Vertical View. Use Spanning Properties to create a line break on the column headings to shift some fields down making the record two lines. For example, if the record has 10 columns, the Spanning Properties Line Break can be set on the 6th column. Columns 1-5 display on the top line and columns 6-10 display beneath columns 1 -5. Prioritize important text-based contextual information on the left, and actions on the right.

In some cases the width of the column might need to be adjusted to avoid character wrapping. The Column Span feature determines the width of the column. For example, if the Column Span is set to 2, it spans 2 columns.

If the Description is a text area and contains a sentence, it would not make sense to make it wider, it would be better if it was taller. The Row Span feature determines the height of the row. For example, if the Row Span is set to 2, the Row is 2 rows high.

Column Span can be used in any case; however Row Span must only be used when a Line Break is set.

Column spanning is available for all control types except tab and Label.

To set the Spanning Properties:

  1. Access the Page Columns page's Vertical View.
  2. Click Edit.

    View the field descriptions for the Page Columns page

  3. Click the Spanning Properties tab.
  4. Enter a value in the Column Span field or the Row Span field.
  5. Click the Line Break check box to enable it.

    NOTE: Any columns to the right of this column display on the next line.

  6. Click Save.