Data types of the text entry field

Some of the most important text field parameters, that can affect the recognition quality, preliminary check and field data modification, are data type settings.

ABBYY FlexiCapture uses data types when recognizing text in fields. Specifying the correct data type improves recognition quality and increases the confidence percentage of recognized symbols, thereby reducing the workload of the Data Verification Operator.

ABBYY FlexiCapture's data type creation features are very flexible. You can select data types from a list of existing types or create custom types using the regular expression alphabet or a user dictionary that is suitable for the task at hand.

You can specify data types of text fields on the Data tab of a field's property dialog box. This article covers settings that are common to all fields and settings of specific field types.

General settings for text fields

  • Data type (drop-down list)
    Use this drop-down list to specify the field's data type (i.e. the type of data you expect to see in the field), such as an address, time, date, a sum of money, a name, a code, text or a number.
  • Default value
    The value automatically assigned to the text field if it turns out to be empty after the Document Definition is applied or the document is assembled.
    The default value is also assigned to a field if the field's region is deleted. If the field was left empty by a user (this can be done, for example, on the verification stage), the default value will not be assigned to the field.
    You can change the default value. If the default value is empty, fields will remain empty until a value is specified.
    Note: This option is available for text fields and text columns of tables.
  • AutoCorrect options
    These options determine the way the program automatically corrects the values of fields. Such corrections can include the replacement or deletion of extra characters or spaces and changing lower-case characters to the upper case and vice versa.
    Automatic correction can be used to format data, decreasing the workload of Operators that prepare data for export. You can use the standard AutoCorrect options available in ABBYY FlexiCapture or a custom script, which can be particularly useful for performing complex formatting operations. For details, see Processing entered values.
  • Validation
    This group of options contains settings that determine how values are checked, and set limits on values, such as limits on the number of characters, the minimum and maximum values for fields that contain numbers, or a range of permitted dates.
    The Cannot be blank option in this group determines whether this field is required.

    External sources of permitted values

  • Use normalization
    Use this option to specify the desired format of text fields of the Time, Date, Amount of Money and Number types. This option is disabled by default, and recognized data is displayed in the form and exported in its original format.

Setting of text fields of specific types


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