A format can have a name, formatting options and a format string. Formats can be used for currency, string, numeric and composite data types. Depending upon the data type, different formatting options are available. The Format Definition window is used to set the characteristics of a format.
Each format in your application must have a name. Typically, the name indicates the data type the format is applied to. For instance, the name Phone_Number indicates this format will be applied to the Phone_Number data type.
You can use several formatting options to change how specific types of data will appear in your application. You can use format options to do the following: