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Altova Contract Manager

The Edit Forms page (screenshot below) appears when you click a container's Forms button (see the Containers topic).

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The Edit Forms page provides an overview of a container's currently defined forms and enables you to create new forms.

 

Types of forms, and their uses

Administrators define forms for various purposes, such as for data entry, reports, and emails. For each container a separate set of forms is defined that use elements specific to that container. A container's forms can then be reused at multiple points in the Contract Manager app.

 

The following types of forms are available:

 

List Forms: Enables the construction of a list of records. The list can be grouped on a field and it can be filtered. List forms can be used in entry forms and report forms.

Entry Forms: These are the forms that are used to enter the data of a container. They can be used wherever data for that container can be entered.

Report Forms: Enables the design of reports that can be shown on screen and printed.

Export Forms: Design the structure of XML and CSV documents to export to.

Email Forms: Design the body of emails that are sent as reminders to Alert Groups.

 

Working with forms: create new, edit, copy, delete, hide/use, create templates

Create the forms you want by clicking the respective New Form button. After a form has been created, it will appear in the Edit Forms list (screenshot above). You can click a form to edit it. You can also: (i) copy a form (by clicking the Copy icon on the right-hand-side of the form) to create a new editable form; (ii) delete a form by clicking its Bin icon.

 

Note the following points:

 

For all types of forms, you can set which users can access the form. In this way, you can restrict the viewing and editing of specific records, as well as the ability to view reports and export data.

Forms have a Hide or Use option on the Edit Forms page (see screenshot above). If you hide a form, it will be visible only when the form is used in another form. In all other cases, it will not be available. So the Hide option enables you to disable the use of the form without deleting it. For example, if a list form is used in an entry form and is marked as hidden, then it will be visible only in the entry form but will not be available as a list form.

You can create template forms from any entry form. A template is a data entry form with some starting data filled in. The user can modify this starting data in the entry form. See Entry Forms for more information.

 

After you have finished editing a form, make sure to not only save the form (with Save Form) but also to click Save Changes on the Edit Forms page.

 

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