Global Codes seem like a mundane function without lots of flash. However, in a different light they are quite amazing!
Screen tools will easily modify captions but involve programming and you might conclude that is all Global Codes does, albeit a little easier. Look a little closer to fully
understand what Global Codes offer. First, they do the obvious: easily renaming titles on miscellaneous fields.
Second, where applicable, they allow different field types to be set: character, date, numeric, and memo. As a character field it can operate as a multiple choice question.
Predefined choices can be entered in the Remarks field and when double clicked on, the field acts as a combo box where an answer or choice can be selected.
Third, set as a date field it automatically pop-ups a calendar where a date can be selected.
Fourth, when set as a numeric field, you can choose that it be formatted in 0 to 6 decimals and it automatically pop-ups a calculator.
Fifth, when it is set as memo field, large quantities of text can be entered and/or combined with hyperlinks to fulfill document management functions. The notes can be time
stamped with a simple click of a button.
Sixth, when used as an email, message pipes can be embedded that will allow the text in emails to be merged with key document information such as order numbers, and document
names. Additionally HTML can be included that allows formatting of the messages to extend control over fonts, artwork, and signatures.
In this light, global codes are a way of embedding a programming toolkit that provides a broad range of functionality without a user having to do any coding. It is automatically
upgrade-able because it is table driven! And, instead of the codes being scattered all over the product, they are easily located under one single menu option!