Using forms versus pages
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Both forms and pages are displayed on the Web as Web pages, unless the user decides to change the page content type. The main difference between forms and pages are that pages do not store data entered by the user. Fields, subforms, layout regions, and some embedded controls can only be used on forms.
Pages are recommended when displaying information to the user, since they have a much better performance than forms. This is because they are simpler in design than forms and they are served to the user much faster by the Domino server. However, only forms can gather information entered from a user.
There is way to use pages to display HTML forms on the Web. This allows the user to submit data using this design element. This improves performance and reduces the effort on designing application security and architecture. Following this approach might increase the maintenance effort while upgrading hybrid applications. It is also complex for users with minimal experience on HTML forms. For further information about how to use this approach, refer to using pages to submit data.