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Not sure if this is correct forum, but im having a hard time understanding a FM concept.

What i want in my solution is the ability to prevent incomplete records from being added. What i envision is a "Submit/Commit" button that a user would press when all the information for the record has been entered. if there is any data missing or invalid, a message would relay that info.

Since FM commits a record's data after it is added to a field, how would this be handled?

I understand that i can set validations for every field, and i assume this is how i would handle this, but it seems like a lot of error messages can be generated if many fields are required and it will get annoying.

Is there a way to script a submit button that will check all the validations and only return one message, and still prevent a user from navigating away from this record and having the information added to the database?

Sorry if that is confusing! Fairly new to this

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Don't let the user directly create records. Perform all edits in global fields, then have a "Submit" script check for validity and write the data to the real record only if complete.

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Do both: use the "global field entry" method that BruceR suggests to create new records, but also have field-level validation to stop people from editing records and leaving them incomplete.

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So would i have to duplicate every field with a global?

Yes. But note that you can use repeats for this. And - do your users edit EVERY field or is it just a subset that they edit while performing a particular task.

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