Paragraph Component


SAIL Function: a!paragraphField()

Displays and allows entry of multiple lines of text. For a single line of text, 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 Text The value to display in the paragraph field.
Save Input To saveInto Save Array One or more variables that are updated with the text 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 paragraph 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 Boolean 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.
Height height Text Determines the field height. Valid values include "SHORT", "MEDIUM" (default), and "TALL".
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.
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 set Label Position to "ADJACENT" or "ABOVE", but do not give a value for Label, a space still displays to the left-side or above, respectively, of the component as if there was a label displayed. To ensure the component appears to the far left when Label has no value, use "COLLAPSED" for Label Position.
  • If Read-only is set to true, the Display Value displays without a box around it.
  • If you pass the same local variable to Display Value and saveInto when Read-only is set to false, you can use the user's input into the component to modify the interface.
  • 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.

Paragraph with Only a Label Displayed Adjacent

  label: "Description",
    labelPosition: "ADJACENT",
  value: "Expenses could not be submitted. When " & char(10) & " I click on the expenses link, I see an error page.",
  readOnly: true

Displays the following:

Editable Paragraph with Label and Instructions

  label: "Description",
  instructions: "The description must include the problem statement",
  value: "Expenses could not be submitted. When " & char(10) & " I click on the expenses link, I see an error page."

Displays the following:

Paragraph with a Length Validation

To validate that a value enter by the user meets a particular character limit:

    label: "Favorite Quote from a Book",
    instructions: "Number of characters " & len(local!storedValue) & "/4000",
    refreshAfter: "KEYPRESS",
    value: local!storedQuote,
    saveInto: local!storedQuote,
    validations: if(
      len(local!storedQuote) >= 4000,
      "Limit your entry to 4000 characters",

Displays the following: