Show or hide form elements.


   name STRING,
   hidden INTEGER )
  1. name defines the name of the node, see Identifying elements in ui.Form methods.
  2. hidden the integer value to show or hide the element.


Change the visibility of a form element with the setElementHidden() method.


Make sure that the form layout is prepared to adapt, when elements are hidden dynamically. Containers such as TABLE allow hiding form fields / columns with little impact on the layout. Make also sure that the dialog controlling the form is prepared for fields hiding: Any hidden field (directly or because a parent element is hidden), will be considered as a disabled field.

Pass the identifier of the form element. The identifier is the element name as defined in the form definition. All elements with this name will be affected. If you want to distinguish form elements, use unique names in the form definition file.

The setElementHidden() method changes the hidden attribute of all form elements identified by the name.

The value passed to hide/show the element can be 0, 1 or 2:

Table 1. Hidden attribute integer values
Hidden value Description
0 Makes the element visible.
1 The element is hidden and the user cannot make it visible. Typically used to hide information the user is not allowed to see.
2 The element is hidden and the user can make it visible.
Hiding form elements by program can be used in conjunction with HIDDEN@screen-size attributes, to get responsive layout:
  • When hiding an element by program (value=1 or 2), it will always be hidden to the user, no matter the HIDDEN@screen-size definitions.
  • When showing an element by program (value=0), it will be visible or hidden, depending on the HIDDEN@screen-size definitions.
Form elements can be hidden or shown by program, in conjunction with the AUTOHIDE attribute:
  • When hiding an element by program (value=1 or 2), the autohide-element remains hidden, even if the corresponding action is enabled.
  • When showing an autohide-element by program (value=0), it will be visible or hidden, depending on the action activation state.

Do not disable or hide all fields of a dialog, otherwise the dialog execution stops: At least one field must be able to get the focus during a dialog execution.

Do not disable/hide the current field having the focus. When disabling or when hiding the current field, the AFTER FIELD block of the current field and the BEFORE FIELD block on the next field in the tabbing order will be executed. In a multiple dialog, if the next field in the tabbing order is in another sub-dialog, the AFTER INPUT block of the current sub-dialog and the BEFORE INPUT/CONSTRUCT/DISPLAY or the next sub-dialog are executed. In all these control blocks, a NEXT FIELD to the field that is disabled or hidden will result in an endless loop.