Decimal (Floating Point) Component


SAIL Function: a!floatingPointField()

Displays and allows entry of a single decimal number, stored with a floating point representation.

When working with an integer, use an integer component. To display a number using a custom format, use a text component.


Name Keyword Type Description
Label label Text Optional text to display as the field label.
Label Position labelPosition Text Optional text to determine where the label appears. Valid values include
  • "ABOVE" (default) Displays the label above the component.
  • "ADJACENT" Displays the label to the left of the component.
  • "COLLAPSED" Hides the label. The label will still be read by screen readers; see accessibility considerations for more information.
Instructions instructions Text Optional text displayed below the field's *value*.
Help Tooltip helpTooltip Text Displays a help icon with the specified text as a tooltip. The tooltip displays a maximum of 500 characters. The help icon does not show when the label position is "COLLAPSED".
Placeholder placeholder Text Optional text to display in the field when it is empty. Does not show if the field is read only.
Display Value value Decimal The value to display in the decimal number field.
Save Input To saveInto Save Array One or more variables that are updated with the number when the user changes it. Use a!save() to save a modified or alternative value to a variable.
Refresh After refreshAfter Text Determines when the interface is refreshed with the saved value from the decimal field. Valid values are "KEYPRESS" to refresh after every character typed into the field and "UNFOCUS" (the default value) to refresh when the user deselects the field after changing its value.
Required required Boolean Determines if a value is required to submit the form. Default is false.
Required Message requiredMessage Text Custom message to be displayed when the field's value is required and not provided.
Read-only readOnly Text If set to 'true', prohibits users from editing the *value*. Default is false.
Disabled disabled Boolean Determines if the user is prevented from changing the value. Default is false.
Validations validations Text Array Validation errors to be displayed below the field when the value is not null.
Validation Group validationGroup Text When present, this field is only validated when a button in the same validation group is clicked.
Alignment align Text Alignment of the decimal number (except on mobile devices). Valid values are "LEFT", "CENTER", and "RIGHT". Appian recommends setting the alignment when used in an editable grid component only.
Visibility showWhen Boolean Determines whether the component is displayed on the interface. When set to false, the component is hidden and is not evaluated. Default: true.


  • If you want to display a number with thousand separators or with special formatting such as a currency, use the text component.
  • Whether placeholder text clears on focus or input varies by device and browser. Placeholder text does not display on Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.


Copy and paste an example to the expression view of the interface designer to see it displayed.

Collect a Decimal Value from a User

  label: "Reference Number",
  value: local!referenceNumber,
  saveInto: local!referenceNumber

Display a Decimal with a Label

  label: "Reference Number",
  readOnly: true,
  value: 12345.6551

Displays the following:

Decimal with a Validation

    label: "Unit Price",
    value: local!storedPrice,
    saveInto: local!storedPrice,
    validations: if(
      local!storedPrice <= 0,
      "A valid price greater than $0.00 must be entered",

Displays the following: