Text fields

Users can use a text field to type text.

Type of text field

Description

Email

Users can insert an at sign (@) or a period (.) in an email address field by pressing the Space key.

Date and time

Users can change the date or time using a physical keyboard or by moving a finger vertically on the trackpad.

Users can change the date or time on BlackBerry devices with a touch screen by swiping up or down on the screen.

Number

When users need to type in a number field on a physical keyboard, the BlackBerry device switches to number lock mode so that users do not need to press the Alt key to type numbers.

When users need to type in a number field on a virtual keyboard, the number keyboard appears.

Password

When users type in a password field, asterisks (*) appear instead of text. Users cannot cut, copy, or paste text or use word substitution in password fields.

Multi-tap is the default typing input method in password fields on reduced virtual keyboards.

Phone number

When users type in a phone number field on a physical keyboard, the BlackBerry device switches to number lock mode so that users do not need to press the Alt key to type numbers. You can also allow users to perform the following actions in phone number fields:

  • Type the plus sign (+) for international phone numbers.
  • Type formatting characters such as the minus sign (-), period (.), parentheses (()), and spaces.
  • Type a number sign (#) or an asterisk (*).
  • Indicate a pause by typing a comma (,) or indicate a wait by typing an exclamation point (!).
  • Indicate an extension by pressing the Alt key and pressing E, X, or T.

When users type in a phone number field on a virtual keyboard, the number keyboard appears. You can also allow users to perform the following actions in phone number fields:

  • Type a number sign (#) or an asterisk (*).
  • Indicate a pause or an extension by holding the asterisk (*) key.
  • Indicate a wait or an extension by holding the number sign (#) key.

Text

In text fields, users type text. Users can cut, copy, and paste text in text fields. When the cursor reaches the end of a line of text, the text wraps to the next line.

In text fields, BlackBerry devices can also turn telephone numbers, web pages, and email addresses into links automatically.

Web address

Users can insert a period (.) in an address field by pressing the Space key.

Best practice: Implementing text fields

  • Choose a type of text field based on what you expect users to type. Using the most appropriate text field is important so that the appropriate typing indicator appears on the screen when users type text. For example, when users type text in a phone number field, the number lock indicator appears in the upper-right corner of the screen. The field that you choose also affects the default typing input method for the field on reduced virtual keyboards.
  • Use or extend existing fields instead of creating custom fields where possible so that fields inherit the appropriate default behavior.
  • If necessary, include hint text to provide guidance to users. Use hint text if space on a screen is limited and you cannot include a label or instructional text. Hint text appears in the field and disappears when users type.

Guidelines for labels

  • Use concise, descriptive labels.
  • Use title case capitalization.
  • If you use hint text, keep it concise. Use sentence case capitalization.
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