Wildcards are placeholders for form field values that you insert while working in the Rich Text Editor, while creating Bindings, and within the Free Text Header and Label elements. A wildcard placeholder displays the field name inside square brackets as shown below:
Dear [First name] [Last name],
Typically, you insert wildcards using the Rich Text Editor by clicking on the Wildcard icon in the toolbar as shown below.
This will open the Insert WildCard selection window. All of the available wildcards are listed. This list will vary slightly depending on where you are inserting the wildcards. The wildcard window displays all of the available form fields and system fields that are available for use. The system fields are things like record_id (a unique ID assigned to each submission), datesubmitted (the date & time the record was submitted) and other system values.
In cases where you have configured an AutoResponder, Standard Email Notification or Dynamic PDF to include Lookup Data, the Insert WildCard selection window will contain multiple sections; one for the currently selected form (Main Wildcards), and an alternate datasource section for each [Alternate DataSource] that has been defined.
Simply expand the desired section to select an element from the associated source.
Wildcard Modifier Functions
Wildcard modifier function are a new feature in version 3.0. These are functions that you can apply to wildcards to provide additional formatting (and evaluations when used in a conditional statement). With modifier functions, you can do things like format a date or capitalize a string. Learn more about Wildcard Modifier Functions.
Inserting All Wildcards
For convenience, you may add all the fields from the form by choosing Insert All Wildcards in the wildcard selection window. This is useful, for example, when you create a Notification email message and you want to see all the values that were submitted.
Warning : When you delete a field from your form that has a wildcard reference (in an AutoResponder or Notification for example), the wildcard reference is not removed automatically. The result will be a text string [undefined var] indicating that the field name reference in the wildcard could not be found on the form.
When inserting wildcards into emails, workflows, print templates and PDF's, you use wildcard values from the form submission data.
Below is a list of additional wildcards that can be used (these wildcards are not listed by default in the wildcard window). These wildcards can be used anywhere wildcards can be inserted (after the form is submitted - not on the form pre-submission):
[user_browser] [user_browser_ver] [user_os] [user_embedur] [geo_country_code] [geo_country_name] [geo_region_code] [geo_region_name] [geo_city] [geo_postal_code] [geo_latitude] [geo_longitude] [geo_from]
The following wildcards can be used within the Publishing & Workflows System:
[lastmodified] [lastmodified_by] [lastmodified_ip] [created_by] [created_by_id] [created_by_ip]