What is the difference between a User Defined Type (UDT) and a User Defined Field (UDF)?
There are some big differences between UDT's and UDF's:
- A UDF is created for one specific object, such as people, shift pattern, timecard, etc. while one UDT can be added to multiple objects,
- A UDT has details which can be defined, and used later in multiple ways (e.g. in sorts, filters in a variety of tools - views, auto schedule rules, timecard rules etc.)
UDTs make list management easier. Imagine creating a UDF with 1000 possible values on each pertinent object it applies to.
The API tool used to import values into WorkSight cannot populate UDF values, but can do so for UDT's
How do UDTs and UDFs work together?
Adding a User Defined Type to an object as a User Defined Field
The User Defined Type feature allows a user to create a customized reference field to add to another component in WorkSight (such as People, Area, Group, etc.). Once a custom UDT has been created, the User Defined Field (UDF) feature can add the UDT as a reference field to any object. Names of the reference data configured in the chosen UDT will appear as a drop-down list in each component it is added to.
Adding a User Defined Field to a User Defined Type
The User Defined Field feature may be used to add additional fields to the User Defined Type reference data, such as an address or phone number for a vendor. This information can currently be, added, edited and viewed in Settings>User Defined Type>Detail entry. Added User Defined Fields are currently visible on the UDT details cards or list in Settings.