Text Mask for Field Input
For fields like phone numbers, etc., that follow a certain pattern that you might want to enforce, it would be very helpful to have the ability to create a text mask. This is common in many other systems and forms (wufoo for example). It would make data much cleaner. An example:
I want phone numbers to follow the 555-555-5555 convention rather than just allowing people to put whatever they type (dots, no spaces, parenthesis, etc.). I also want to ensure that it's 12 characters long (10 plus the parenthesis). Having a text mask that would enforce this convention would be great!
One other way to do it would just be to pre-create a handful of text masks that would become fields just like others. For instance, a phone number field. This is the way Wufoo does it.
I know you can sort of "fake it" with a calculated field that can make it display how you want, but that's a bit of a pain.