For database update heitml supports the
dbform component. A dbform
displays a form for a given database relation.
Using the form, it is possible to enter new records,
to search for existing records, and modify or delete
In order to simplify searches and maintenance,
or to present the same data in different contexts, it is
often a good idea to store information as part of a database
than directly on a Web page.
In such cases the owner of the Web site must have a way to
edit the database content.
A dbform can be put on a protected page, thus
providing all the necessary functionality.
The public Web site should then contain
components to display the database content in various formats.
Another common application is a feedback or guestbook
database where anyone can leave a message.
In this case a dbform without modify
and delete functions can be used.
If the feedback shouldn't be public, search
functions should also be disabled. In this case another
dbform can be used on a protected
page for display and maintenance of the database.
Together with SSL and password protection, it is
also possible to create a kind of registration database
where everyone can make entries and change them to keep
them up to date (e.g. a database of cooperation partners).
The tryout pages contain step by step instructions on
how to put a dbform on a page.
Initially, the form shows up with
several buttons, but without any fields.
Then you can select it in the RADpage window and
click on fields. This will give you a chance
to select the fields for inclusion into the form.
Initially, an empty form is displayed.
Then data can be entered and written
to the database by pressing the Modify
button. Alternatively, some part of the record can be
entered. Then, pressing the Search
button looks for a matching record in the database.
The record is then displayed. It can be changed by entering
new data and pressing Modify, or it can be deleted
by pressing Delete.
By default, the form contains
dbformbutton components. You can delete some
buttons if you want to disable certain functions.
By default, the form contains a table for layout.
You can keep that or create a completely
Inside the form you can place
field components that display database fields.
By editing the properties of the field components,
you can specify the field layout as well as
some checks. In fact, heitml features many
different field components that can be used here.
For internal processing, the primary key of the database
relation is needed. With most databases, RADpage
automatically finds and sets the key property
correctly. You can change this value if necessary, just
enter the names of all key fields separated by commas.
Using the keychange property
you can disable changes of the key of a database record.
A database record form edits a single record from a database relation.
Usually the form starts up empty and it does not have a current row.
Then a new record can be inserted or an existing record can be searched
for by entering some values. After a successful search the row found
becomes the current row. It can then be modified or deleted.
|Key field names, separated by comma. If you leave this empty,
the Component Editor tries to determine it from the relation.
|Key field change model.
Value "update" allows updating key fields.
Value "copy" is like "update", but the modify button copies the
record if key fields were changed.
Value "none" disallows changing key fields.
|Use to disable form fields.
|HTTP method to submit the form data set.
Value "post" should be used when form processing causes side
effects, e.g. modifies a database, and if the form contains fieldfileupload.
|Content type for method "post". Use "multipart/form-data" with
|Continue with this URI after the form has been submitted successfully.
|Section name (The # part of the action URI without the #). No effect on successuri.
| for password protection: password field name
|Accepted messages. The enabled functions can be activated from the browser.
Database form button used to trigger one of several actions
of a dbform. It must be used on a dbform.
The value is used to render the button depending
on the button layout. Name must be a unique name
for the button inside the form.
|Input is a standard HTML submit button, image shows an image on the button,
button an HTML4.0 button (must occur just once at end of form),
compatbutton an HTML 4.0 button or normal button depending on the browser;
|Select the button's action.
| Image Url, only used for layout=image
|Border Size, only used for layout=image
|Is button visible and enabled ?
See Fields for field components to place inside a dbform.
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