Key and Information Blocks

A block is a section of a form or window that contains related information. There are two types of blocks—Key and Information. A block may take up the entire window or there may be multiple blocks on the same screen; if a form or window contains more than one block, each block (except the Key block) is contained in its own box. For example, an employee’s record would contain name, address, other personal, and emergency contact information. Most blocks are titled. Below are three exceptions:

  • Key blocks do not have titles.
  • If a form or window contains only one Information block, it does not have a title.
  • If a form contains a Key block and only one Information block, neither has a title.

As mentioned earlier, there are two types of blocks within a form:

Key Block

The first block in most forms contains key information where a unique code is entered, such as an ID Number, term code, or document number. (Some forms, such as validation forms and certain list forms do not have Key blocks.) The Key block determines what is entered or displayed on the rest of the form. All other information on the form refers to the Key block.  For example, a form that maintains population selection information may have Key block fields for both an application and a selection ID. The Key block remains on the form even as subsequent blocks appear. Occasionally, if another window is unusually large or if the Key block is not pertinent to that window, it may display on top of the Key block.

Information Block

This is the section of a form that contains related information. These blocks also contain details related to the information in the Key block. Each Information block is typically contained in its own block which separates it from other block. Every Banner form has at least one Information block.