Tick Boxes and other Special Characters

Often you will have scenarios where you want to output checkboxes in your template with a tick or a cross corresponding to the answers in a Choices field of your form design.   Or if you are using non-English languages, you may have cases where you need Unicode support to display text.

The way you do this in a Data Template is to use formula functions and Unicode characters to output the desired symbols.

Outputting Check Boxes

Our template engine has built in support for outputting checkboxes via the CBOX (or CBOXB) formula function.

For example, lets say you want to output a ticked checkbox when the answer to a field is ‘Yes’, and a crossed checkbox if not.
Use the following formula in your Data Template to do so:

{{(CBOX({{myField}}, ’Yes’))}}

This will output one of the following tick boxes:
☑ ☒

If you want to display an empty (i.e. not crossed) box when the answer does not match the specified result, then use the CBOXB function:

{{(CBOXB({{myField}}, ’Yes’))}}

This will output one of the following:
☑ ☐

Change the font size or font weight (e.g. bold) of your formula text to set the display size of the output symbol.

Outputting Unicode characters


APPLE MAC USERS: Currently Segoe UI Symbol is not available for Mac OSX – you MUST use a Windows PC to apply the font to your templates.

A full list of all supported characters for Segoe UI Symbol can be found here:

Note the Unicode number under each symbol in the link above – this is the value you can use in formula functions that output values.

{{(if({{myField}} =’Yes’, ‘\u263A’, ‘\u263C’))}}

Assuming the section where the above formula appears is set to use Segoe UI Symbol font, then you could expect to output of (either or):
☺ ☼

Change the font size or font weight (e.g. bold) of your output formula to change the display size of the symbol.

Non-ASCII languages such as Chinese

Our platform has extensive Unicode support given our Windows operating system base, however only specific fonts can be supported.
By default the fonts found at this link are all supported:

When creating a Word or Excel template, you need to be mindful of the specific font you use for your unicode areas.
If you use a font that is not in the supported list above, you will find that the generated output has unpredictable results – usually missing characters in your output.