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Input Fields

Each item has some input fields as specified for its category. You can add fields selecting a category

Once you added a field you might be prompted to configure it (if it needs to have some minimum configuration to be usable). 

Note: some fields can only be added once to a category.

Different types of fields

Field NameUsageExample Rendering
Rich Text Editor (richtext)

An editor allowing to enter formatted text. There are parameters to specify the height (number of lines visible) of the editor.


  • height: height in pixels (e.g. 120, default 250)
  • require content: if checked the user needs to type something to be able to save.
  • allow using smart text: if checked user can use smart text

  • automatically render editor in edit mode: if checked the editor is automatically opened when showing an item, if not the user needs to click inside to show the toolbar.

Note: the rich text editor will prevent you from saving illegal characters / unsafe html.

To see the spell checker you need to hold the ctrl key while opening the context menu. More info on Text Editor Configuration

Plain Text Editor (text)

And editor allowing to enter plain text


  • number of rows: height of editor in lines, default 5
  • allow resizing: if checked. the user can change size of control

  • require content: if checked the user needs to enter something to save

Section with Explanation


This field allows you to add some explanation text into an item, e.g. to group multi checkboxes.

Note these fields are not printed. You can temporarily hide them or add a line before or after.

File Manager (fileManager)

A control allowing to add file attachments to an item


  • hide file manager: if set to true the file attachment control is only shown if at least one file is attached. Before that files can be attached using the context menu.
  • file replacement: whether to replace existing files
    • never (default): it is possible to add twice the and attachment with the same name
    • ask if an uploaded file has the same name as a previously uploadedif an attachment with the same name exists it is replaced, user needs to confirm
    • always replace files if name is same: if an attachment with the same name exists, the old attachment is replaced
    • ask if an uploaded file has the same file extension as a previously uploaded: if an attachment with the same file extension exists it will be replaced, user needs to confirm
    • always replace if file extension is same: as above but user is not even asked
  • restrict file uploads to given extensions: allows to restrict which extensions can be uploaded
  • allow attaching only one file: restricts the control to only attach one file 
  • upload text: the text of the upload button

NOTE: we have a limitation for files, the max. upload size is 64MB. As we do not recommend using Matrix Requirements as a file management system we limit uploads.

Tasks Control (tasksControl)

Allows to show links to external websites / issue tracking systems. Extensions for certain sites might provide additional functionality like back links. Currently these plugins exists:

  • JIRA Server Connector
  • JIRA Cloud Plugin
  • GitHub Plugin
  • Link Plugin

For this field to work, you need to ensure that the extensions is globally enabled for the server (Extensions in the tree), and also for the project (Extension Settings for the project)

Text Entry Line (textline)

Allows to enter one line of text


  • require content: if set the user needs to enter something in order to save the item

User Selection (user)

A drop down with all users in the project


  • require content: if set the user needs to enter something in order to save the item
  • maximum number of selected items: how many users / user groups can be selected
  • show users: whether users can be selected
  • show user groups: whether user groups can be selected

Date Picker (date)

Control to select a date


  • allow removing date: if checked the user can delete the date after it has been set.
  • require content: if set the user needs to enter something in order to save the item

Dropdown (dropdown)

Shows a drop down of pre/configured values. The values are configured as a setting of the project or hard coded as parameter.

parameter & examples: see Dropdown Field

Downlinks (links)

Shows the existing downlinks and allows to create new links as well as new linked items disabling the "Hide Create Buttons" settings:


  • disableCreate: true/false. Allows to hide the create button(s) if set to true.
  • render:[] a list of render options for each link button. The category must be an existing downlink type. If no render options is defined, the category is normally shown.
    • category: required - the name of the category (e.g. REQ)
    • hideLink: true/false. If set to true, links of the category will not be listed
    • buttonName: string. Can be set to change the create button's type name.
    • hideCreate: true/false. If set to true, the create button of the category will not be shown
    • hideSelect: true/false. If set to true, the user cannot select the category in the list

Uplink Information (uplinkinfo)

The uplink control allows to see and edit uplink of an item as well as to show information related to (non) existing uplinks (e.g. if an uplink control makes an item a risk control it can be indicated by an icon).

More info on tis configuration here: Uplink Control

Cross Project Links (crosslinks)

Links to items in other projects


  • text before list of links: the text shown before the list, defaults to Links
  • name of select button: text in button behind the links
  • show as list: instead of showing them in a comma separated list, it shows them as bullet list
  • hide unlink icon: if shown as list, this option hides the unlink button
Risk Control (risk2)

The risk formulas can be configured in a project setting or if it is necessary to have two or more different risk configuration in one project, the setting can also be saved with the field.

See Risk Management for the options.

Checkbox (checkbox)

A checkbox control

If an item category has a checkbox, this checkbox can be configured to only show in items if it is checked.

Quality Gates (gateControl)

Gates allow you to approve or sign of (parts) of individual items. They can be configured to allow editing parts of an item depending of the status of gates. See Gates Control

Design Review Table (reviewControl)

Review controls allow to perform design reviews of other items in the tree.

See Review Controls for details on how to configure it

Table control (steplist)

A table with by default two columns: action and expected result. Table columns can be customized as a setting of the field.

parameter & examples: see Table Configuration

One2One Issue Mapping (workflow)

This field is actually shown in the toolbar: it allows to create a tight relation between a Matrix item and a task in an external system (JIRA, ...).

You need to add these in the Extension Settings for the project (i.e. under Advanced of the Jira Cloud Plugin), for this field to work:

"externalStatusName":"In Progress",
"text":"task In Progress"

Common parameters for fields:

Require Content

When some fields (Rich and Plain text + (user) Dropdown fields) are marked as "Require content", the item can't be saved without content in that specific field:

Read Only

If "read only control" is checked, the control will not be editable by the user

Hide in UI

If "hide in UI" is checked, the control will not be visible to the users

This could be useful for example to hide some original ids coming from an import of data. It can easily be enabled via the administration in each field

Note: the hidden fields will still be queried by full text searches.

Don't Print

  • do not print in reports: if checked, the field will not be shown in reports (if legacy report available)
  • do not print in documents: if checked, the field will not be shown in documents

Field explanations

  • help to show under section name: shows a text in the UI to explain the user how to fill the field

    The above is the default method, setting the property inlineHelp. There are 3 methods to show some help for a category. All can be changed in the advanced settings:
    • externalHelp: this can be set to point to a an external website which is opened when user clicks on a link, e.g. "externalHelp":"". Note: this must be a website which is accessible through https://url
    • popupHelp: this can be set to show help as a tooltip, e.g. "popupHelp":"enter a short description"
    • inlineHelp: this can be set to render a help line underneath the "heading":"enter a long description"

Special parameter for FOLDER category

Note for the FOLDER category the same thing can be achieved by a project setting hideFields, which can have two settings, hideDoc and hideReport. Both can contain a list of field id's which should be hidden, e.g.

{ "hideDoc" : [1683, 1688] }
  • It is possible to add fields to the category FOLDER. If these fields should only be visible for the folders in a specific category, they need the parameter visibleOption set to the category name, e.g.


Special parameter for SIGN category

  • when creating the SIGN, copy the value of the field with the same name from DOC:  This allows to copy fields from underlying DOC into the SIGN item. 
    Note: Fields are copied only if this is set to true and the labels (names) of the field is the same in the DOC and the SIGN
  • Advanced options:
    • invisible: if set to true, the field is not visible (only makes sense with the above flag)

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