Intro

A multi-input field allows the user to enter multiple values, which are displayed as tokens. To help the user enter a valid value, you can enable the suggestions feature and the value help option.

Usage

Use the multi-input field if:

  • You want the user to select multiple ranges (with the value help option and the value help dialog).
  • The dataset to choose from is expected to increase over time (for example, to more than 200 values).
  • You need to provide the value help option to help users select or search multiple business objects.
  • You want to enable users to add custom values.

Do not use the multi-input field if:

  • You want the user to select one entry only. In this case, use the input field or combo box instead.
  • You want the user to select from a pre-defined set of options only. In this case, use the multi-combo box instead.

For more information on which selection control to choose, see the selection control overview.

Responsiveness and Adaptiveness

Size S

  • Cozy mode.
  • When the user taps the multi-input field, a new full screen dialog opens. After tapping in the input field and typing, the suggestions can be selected. When the user makes a selection, the dialog closes and the token is displayed.
  • The user can review the tokens by swiping them to the left or right.
Suggestions on a smartphone (size S)
Suggestions on a smartphone (size S)
Users can review tokens by swiping left and right on touch devices
Users can review tokens by swiping left and right on touch devices

Size M

  • Cozy mode.
  • The suggestions appear below or above the multi-input field.
  • The user can review tokens by swiping them to the left or right.
Suggestions on a tablet (size M)
Suggestions on a tablet (size M)

Size L

  • Compact mode.
  • The suggestions appear below or above the multi-input field.
  • The user can review tokens by pressing the right or left arrows on the keyboard.
Suggestions on a desktop (size L)
Suggestions on a desktop (size L)

Types

The input types of the multi-input field are identical to those of the input field.

Behavior and Interaction

Adding a Token

The user can add a token using suggestions or value help. When an item is selected from the suggestions dropdown, the corresponding token is created, and the input field is ready for the next entry. Tokens are placed next to each other on one line.

Developer Hint
Values that are entered can also be tokenized when the user presses ENTER. The app development team can perform a custom validation of the entered data and decide whether a token should be created.
Adding tokens
Adding tokens
Adding a second token
Adding a second token
Information
For information on how to manage leading and treading whitespace (blanks) when copying and pasting text into input controls, please see removing leading and trailing whitespace.

Reviewing Tokens

If tokens have been selected, and the input field is not in focus, the input field displays as many tokens as possible in the available space. If more tokens have been selected, an [n] More label indicates the number of hidden tokens. The tokens in the input field appear in the order in which they were selected.

Clicking or tapping the [n] More label opens a popover below the input field, in which all selected items are shown. The user can deselect an item by clicking or tapping its checkbox or label.

Multi-input field - n More (Desktop)
Multi-input field - n More (Desktop)
Multi-input field - n More (Phone)
Multi-input field - n More (Phone)

In the input itself, the user can review tokens by using the left or right cursor keys on a desktop, or by swiping to the left or right on a smartphone or tablet.

Left/right keyboard cursor
Left/right keyboard cursor
Swiping left and right on a touch device
Swiping left and right on a touch device

Deleting Tokens

The user can delete tokens by pressing the Backspace or Del button (when selected) on a desktop’s keyboard, or by tapping the Delete icon on a mobile device.

Deleting tokens
Deleting tokens

Using Value Help

You can enable the value help option to provide a more advanced dialog for finding the relevant business object. Two dialogs can be used at present:

Value help with select dialog
Value help with select dialog
Value help with value help dialog
Value help with value help dialog

Filtering

When the user starts typing in the input field, the list is filtered. Only items that match the characters entered are shown in the dropdown list. The default filtering method is “starts with per term”, which matches the beginning of each word in an item’s text.

In addition, application developers can set a custom filtering method “starts with” or “contains” (method: setFilterFunction). The “starts with” approach filters only for items where the beginning of the label matches the query entered. The “Contains” approach searches the full label for a match.

As a visual hint for the user, the matched characters are highlighted in the option list items. The highlighting works on the basis of “starts with per term”, regardless of the filtering method.

Multi-input field - Default filtering
Multi-input field - Default filtering

Copying and Pasting Data from a Spreadsheet or Text File

The multi-input field can handle paste actions containing multiple items, such as items that have been selected in a column of a spreadsheet or text file. The user simply selects a whole column in the spreadsheet, copies it, and then pastes it from the clipboard into the multi-input field. Each item is represented as a token. If a single value is copied and pasted into the field, it is shown as a text value, as further editing might be required before it is converted into a token.

Guidelines

  • Give the control a width that is appropriate for the range of values that are going to be entered. Try to avoid setting a fixed width on this control. Instead, embed it in a proper layout (such as a form, simple form, or grid layout) and work with the layout data property.
  • Provide meaningful labels for all input fields. Do not use the placeholder as a replacement for the label. The placeholder should only provide an additional hint.
  • The multi-input field can currently contain tokens and one free text value. If you allow only validated values, display an error or warning when the user tries to leave the field to indicate that the value entered is invalid, or remove the value.
  • If users try to select an item that has been selected before, we recommend setting an error state and providing a meaningful message.
Multi-input - Error state for an item that has already been selected
Multi-input - Error state for an item that has already been selected
  • You can use the layout options of the form to add the unit of measurement (UoM) after the multi-input control. Apps can use the label-field ratio to show the UoM after the field. However, you must make sure that the UoM is properly visualized and doesn’t wrap to the next row.
Developer Hint

For accessibility purposes, you can use “ariaDescribedBy” from the input control.

  • The multi-input field can be used in the grid tableanalytical table and tree table as well, as condensed mode is already supported, both for desktop and mobile (tablets).
Multi-input field in the grid table in condensed mode
Multi-input field in the grid table in condensed mode

Properties

Since the multi-input field is derived from the input field, refer to the properties in the input field article.

Resources

Want to dive deeper? Follow the links below to find out more about related controls, the SAPUI5 implementation, and the visual design.

Elements and Controls

Implementation