What are Signable Tags?

More of a ‘visual’ learner? Check out our video tutorial on adding tags 👉 here!

Signable Tags are our way of allowing you to add text tags to your document before uploading it to Signable. We will then automatically grab these tags and replace them with the relevant field (signature, date, text or checkbox). For example:

{signature:signer1:Please+Sign+Here}

A tag is broken down as follows:

{WHAT:WHO:NAME}

One thing to bear in mind is that for the NAME bit of the Tag you will need to replace any spaces with +’s.

What Tags do you support?

We support Tags for all current Signable fields including signature, date, text , file upload and checkbox fields:

{signature:signer1:Please+Sign+Here}

{text:signer1:Your+Name}

{date:signer1:Date+Here}

{check:signer1:Please+Tick}

{upload:signer1:Please+Upload+Files}

The Tags above, if placed on a document will automatically create a signature field with the name ‘Please Sign Here’, a text field with the name ‘Your Name’, a date field with the name ‘Date Here’ and a checkbox with the name ‘Please Tick’. All will be assigned to the first party (signer1).

Can I make the field optional via a Tag?

Sure! Just add a question mark (?) to the end of the WHAT. So for example if you want to have a text field that is optional, you can use:

{text?:signer1:Your+Name}

Can I use Tags for multiple parties?

Of course! Just use signer1, signer2, signer3 e.t.c in place of the ‘signer1’ in the examples above. You can assign tags to as many parties as you have in the document, just keep incrementing the number!

How do I adjust the height and width of the tag?

There are three ways of changing the width and height of a tag:

  1. Increasing the font size of the Tag in your document
  2. Adding +’s to the beginning and end of the Tag, e.g {++++text:signer1:Name++++}. This increases the width but not the height.
  3. A more advanced way of explicitly setting the height and width in the Tag itself. It isn’t recommended as can be a bit fiddly to get right however, this option is:
    For example if you had a Text Tag called ‘Name’ and you wanted to set the width to ‘100’, you can use the following Tag:{text,w100:signer1:Name}If you wanted to set the height to 10 you can use the following Tag: {text,h10:signer1:Name}You can, of course, combine them and override both the width and the height using the following Tag: {text,w100,h10:signer1:Name}. The unit of measurement is actually PDF units and so may take some playing around with to get the correct width and height.

Can I set checkbox groups, via the Tag, like I can do when dragging on a field?

Yes, you can, for example, the below Tags will create four checkboxes, 2 in a group called ‘Test1’ and 2 in a group called ‘Test2’:

{check-test1:signer1:First}
{check-test1:signer1:Second}

{check-test2:signer1:Third}
{check-test2:signer1:Fourth}

So to confirm, you need to append ‘-GROUP’ to the ‘check’ part of the Tag. All check Tags with the same group will be grouped together.

I still don’t understand, have you got an example document I can try?

Of course! Just click the link below to download a Word document which you can upload directly to Signable (we will convert it fine). You will then see the fields which have automatically be added.

Click here to download the example document