New custom fields proposal

Sean McAfee etzwane at
Sat Apr 12 01:19:04 UTC 2003

Gervase Markham <gerv at> wrote:
>> Can "None" (or a similar word) be a special, reserved selection value?  I'm
>> thinking ahead to when I might want to programmatically determine whether a
>> particular field has been set by a user yet.  This won't be easy if each
>> selection field gets its own notion of what being "unset" is called.

>A quick comment - no "reserved words" for localisation reasons.

OK, then how about allowing sites to define a local "undefined" label
for single-select custom fields?  The default label might be "None"
in English-speaking countries, "Rien" in French-speaking countries, etc.
A reasonable default to ship Bugzilla with might be something less textual,
like "-----".

To get slightly more ambitious, each single-select custom field might have
its own notion of what it should display when it's conceptually unset, and,
during field creation, would initially inherit from the sitewide default.
An administrator could decide that some fields' "undefined" status is best
described by the word "Unknown", others' by "Unavailable", and so on.


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