Thursday, April 26, 2012

Form Runner gets a home page

For every form you create with Form Builder, after you deploy the form, Orbeon Forms exposes two pages:
  1. A new page, which end users go to to fill out the form. When a form is filled out and saved, it creates what we refer to as form data.
  2. A summary page, which lists all the saved form data for a given form. Depending on your workflow, access to this page is typically limited to admins or users in charge of processing the submitted form data.
Each one of those pages has its own URL. In a typical deployment, you would link to those pages from a site your users are accustomed to go to. For instance, a city might have a site with a description of the parks in the city, which contains a Reserve picknick area link, taking citizens to the new page of a form created with Form Builder.

There are cases, however, where it is useful to have a list of the deployed forms, without the need to add links to the new or summary pages from another site. And this is precisely what the new Form Runner home page does.

As you can see from the above screenshot, forms listed on the home page depend on the permissions you've been granted. For instance, you may be able to fill out a form, but not to see all the data saved for that form. Or maybe you don't have access at all to a given form, in which case it won't get listed. This permission system is new as well in Form Builder, and we'll cover it in more details in a future post here.

You can already experiment with the new home page today by downloading a nightly build. And this is just a start: we have big plans to improve this new Form Runner home page to make it even more useful.

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