With this feature you define your own fields and make them available to users on the story input screen.
- Current limitations of Custom Fields
- How do I create such a field?
- Where do these fields appear?
- What are the functions around these fields?
Current limitations of Custom Fields
The Custom fields have been extensively tested and meet our usual standards for functionality and freedom from bugs.
However, most story views and the search result lists cannot yet be filtered by Custom Fields. Also, there is no sorting option by these fields on most pages and the fields are not included in search results.
We have not implemented these functions on all our pages, because in the course of 2023 and 2024 the entire user interface will be comprehensively revised and placed on a new technical basis.
It would not make sense to implement the functions on old pages that will cease to exist shortly thereafter.
Therefore, currently the Custom Fields only show on the Story List, as it is already on the new technical basis. On the Story List you can group, sort and filter by these fields (if they are single or multiple selection). Read more about the Story List here.
How do I create such a field?
To create such a field you must have admin rights.
On that page you can create a field via the usual dialog.
If you have entered more than one field, you can change the order by drag & drop.
The different options for single selection or multipe selection fields can be colored. These colors show on the Story List.
What types of fields are available?
Four types are currently available:
A simple text input field for both short and longer texts.
URLs are recognized and linked as such, topics (e.g. #elections2021) as well.
- Single selection
Create a list in the admin area (e.g. January, February, March, etc.). Users can then select one entry, but not multiple.
- Multiple selection
Analogous to single selection, you can create a list of entries from which users can select multiple entries.
Add an additional date field to your stories. The date field can be displayed on the Story List, allowing for chronological sorting of stories based on the date specified.
Do you need other field types? Please comment on this page below.
Where do these fields appear?
Initially, the fields appear in these following places:
- In the input mask (top right)
- In the Story List
- In the notification emails
- In the calendar files that Desk-Net sends with the notification emails
- In the story lists, topics lists and task lists that can be downloaded as XLS files.
As part of the Desk-Net user interface redesign mentioned above, we will make the information available in other places as well.
Update April 2022: These fields are now also available for platforms (e.g. a platform-specific note). There is no user interface in the admin section yet. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in using these.