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Character limit display in form fields

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5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast
Status: New Ideas
What is the proposed idea/solution?

Display a character counter over the limit assigned to a question in a form.

How does it solve the user problems?

Whoever is filling the form can know there is a character limit before they start typing their answer and this helps them manage their content better. Also, they will be able to adjust their answer without leaving the page to use a character counter in some other tool. (like Google Docs)

How was this validated?

An external contact called us for help resolving the error message they were receiving about exceeding the character count in a form we created, so we asked them to type their answers in a Google Docs file and guided them on how to access the character count there. They couldn't complete the form without the use of an external character counter.

Who is the target audience?

Anyone, whether internal or external, who will need to fill out a form designed and shared by Airtable users. 

18 - Pluto
18 - Pluto

Yes, that would be very nice to have in Airtable!

In the meantime, you can get this functionality in Fillout’s advanced forms for Airtable.

Fillout is 100% free and it offers hundreds of features that Airtable’s native forms don’t offer, including the ability to display a character counter in form fields with a character limit, update Airtable records from a form, display Airtable lookup fields & Airtable rollup fields & Airtable attachments & formulas on forms, dynamically & conditionally filter linked record fields by any values that you would like, perform math or other live calculations on your forms, accept payments on forms, create multi-page forms with conditional paths, create new linked records on a form, display as many fields as you want to see in a linked record selection list (including attachment fields), connect a single form to dozens of external apps simultaneously, limit the number of linked records that can be chosen, upload an unlimited amount of attachments simultaneously, add CAPTCHAs to your form, add choice matrixes to your forms, direct integration with hundreds of apps like Calendly & Google Maps on your forms, and so much more.

Hope this helps! If you’d like to hire an expert Airtable consultant to help you with anything Airtable-related, please feel free to contact me through my website: Airtable consultant — ScottWorld 

5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

thirded! either this, or figure out a way to add formula fields to forms so I can pop in a field with a LEN() formula that the end user can see while they type.