Update input fields (variable tab)

Two part question

  1. I followed this guide. In my haste, I have a spelling error under the “Reference {tag}” that shows up when I hover over the field. I need to correct this ASAP
  2. One of the fields is “blank” and nothig is showing up. In the navigator, I see reference, but I cannot edit it (rename or add data so the field shows up).

Attached (shows as a link on my end) is the “blank” field that nothing shows up when the file is opened and I need to change the “Reference {tag}” from Calculation to Project


(edited by ajlittoz to display the screenshot)

Not very clear. What is “Reference {tag}”? I have no tooltip when I hover over an input field. For 2., even if I don’t preload a list of values, the edit dialog opens.

The simplest way to diagnose is to attach your file (or a reduced sample of it) to your question. Edit it to attach and/or provide clarification. Do not use an answer until you devise a solution.

ajittoz, how did you get the graphic to display? Same issue with uploading this file …
Attached is a reduced sample of the file. The only difference is that mine is saved as an OTT Template

The difference between a link and an image display is a subtle exclamation point ! before the linl encoding. When creating a question there two tools in the tollbar: “link” with an Earth and arrow and “picture” with a slide icon (the latter one automatically adds the !).

In principle, you can’t attach a file to a comment (no “paper clip” icon in the toobar), but you managed to use the “link” feature"). Files are attached by **editing" the question.

Analysing the document.

I think there is a misunderstanding on the nature of the fields and their usage.

  • Functions

    • Input list: creates a drop-down menu to choose from; you edit it only to modify the items in the drop-down list (this is not supposed to be a routine operation; it’s only for the document designer, not the csual writer)

    • Input field: there is no predefined list; when you double-click, you replace or update the previous content; it is to be used for free-form entry.

  • Variables

    • Set variable: sets or changes the value of a variable; this field is not supposed to be visible (has a zero width)

    • Show variable: inserts the current value of the variable into the document (value is visible)

    • Input field*: seems to behave like Set variable + show variable, so that you can enter a value and immediately insert it into the document

If you want to limit the choice among predefined items, use Functions Input list.

If you want to design an “auto-adapting content” document (like a contract with standardised clauses depending on the type of contract), use variables to set various parameters and make other paragraphs visible or not depending on conditions involving variables. Caution this is complex and tricky.

In your document:

Under “Calculation Title”, you have a Functions, Input field from which you can select an item.

Under “Project #”, there is a very narrow object I could not identify, even with View>Fields Names. Consequently, this is not a field. It does not show either in the Navigator. When I hover over it, it displays “Reference: Calculation No”. I can select it but even at high magnification I can’t determine what it is. Right-click doesn’t offer a command to edit it.

Best option: erase it and build a new adequate field.

Under “Calculation #”, you have a Variables Input field, meaning no constraint exist on entry.

Major inconvenience is you can’t edit field properties once it is created. You can only delete it and recreate it.

Also an important notice. You can insert the value of a variable anywhere in your text with Insert>Cross-reference. Unless I’m wrong, this can’t be done with selection from Functions. To insert the selected item, you must bookmark the field (Insert>Bookmark all over the field). Then you can insert the selected item with an Insert>Cross-reference, type Bookmarks and Reference.

A concluding remark: you seem to be used to follow a full stop with two spaces. I strongly advocate against this habit common in the US, still taught, dating back from the mechanical typewriter era with fixed-pitched characters. Double spaces play nasty tricks when justification comes in. They cause distortions in line aspect when lines are expanded/condensed.

You seem to have a different LO version than mine ( because the labels in the dialogs are not the same as those you mentioned. Your theme is also different (maybe because of the OS): tooltips here are white against black background (Fedora Linux 31, Fedora Thirty-One theme, KDE desktop).

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Did you miss items below Variables? What about fixing the reference tags?

Sorry, I hit Tab while typing and this sent a partial answer. My answer is now complete.

In the US - Windows 7 X64 using LO The double space comment is funny because I was looking at figuring out how to get 2 spaces after a period (option in MS Word). How do you get the boxes? I copied and pasted part of your response and it didn’t come out.

Under “Project #”, the very narrow object, this is a Variables Input field just like “Calculation #”,
Are you saying there is no way to update the Reference? (Yellow pop up box in the original question.)
image description

This is where the yellow tag comes from that I’d like to update and I call the “Reference {tag}”
(edited to add additional pictures)

Are you saying there is no way to update the Reference?

Yes, I couldn’t find any way to get an edit dialog for a field. Only workaround: erase and recreate. Shame!

Under “Project #”, the very narrow object, this is a Variables Input field

Very strange. When you View>Field Names, you get a description of the fields instead of their content. Here, instead of an enlarged description with shaded “Variable …”, there is nothing!

How do you get the boxes?

If you mean this effect, use grave accents around the word (or group of words). When you copy, the markup is not copied.