Configure a Boolean Checkbox

SAIL Recipes give you an opportunity to explore different interface design patterns. To learn how to directly use SAIL recipes within your interfaces, see Adapt a SAIL Recipe to Work with My Applications.


Configure a checkbox that saves a boolean (true/false) value, and validate that the user selects the checkbox before submitting a form.


This scenario demonstrates:

  • How to configure a checkbox field so that a single user interaction records a true or false value


    label:"SAIL Example: Configure a Boolean Checkbox",
        label: "Acknowledge",
        choiceLabels: {"I agree to the terms and conditions."},
        choiceValues: {true},
        /* If local!userAgreed is false, set the value      */
        /* to null so that the checkbox is unchecked        */
        value: if(local!userAgreed, true, null),
        /* We want to save a false value when the checkbox  */
        /* is unchecked, so we need to check whether        */
        /* save!value is null and update the variable if so */
        saveInto: a!save(
          if(isnull(save!value), false, true)
        required: true,
        requiredMessage: "You must check this box!"

Test it out

  1. Click "Submit" without selecting the checkbox. Notice that the custom message shows up. Appian recommends using a custom required message when you have a single required checkbox.
  2. Select the checkbox and click "Submit".

Notable Implmentation Details

  • Unchecking the checkbox saves a value of false. However, the initial value of local!userAgreed is null, which also results in the box being unchecked. Therefore, you may need to account for values of both false and null in your interface. Alternatively, you can set the initial value of local!userAgreed to false to avoid null values entirely.
  • In this recipe, we had to modify the value of the component in addition to the saveInto. We had to do that in order to save a value of false, which is not a valid option in our checkbox field that only has one option. This design pattern works because both the value and saveInto parameters are set using the same variable, so the component responds to the user's interactions.