The Designer gives you the ability to take advantage of the interactive features that XForms and XFDL provide.
You can use the Action Editor of the Designer to create both simple and complex actions that take advantage of XFDL events such as key presses and mouse actions. Actions also give you access to all of the XFDL functions and any custom functions that you have.
You can also set up input fields that alert users when data does not conform to a specified pattern or does not fall within specified limits.
The Action Editor allows form designers to create actions by selecting items from the form, or by manually entering formulas. This section provides step-by-step examples of various actions.
Action operator overview
This section provides lists of mathematical, logical and conditional expressions.
Functions perform tasks and computations that aid in creating automatic and dynamic forms.
Events are triggered by user activity such as mouse actions and keyboard input. You write actions to capture the events and respond to them.
The XPath Editor performs a variety of functions based on either the Standard or Advanced IBM
® Forms Designer perspective. This overview provides a basic description of the tasks performed in each perspective.
Using action templates
Complex or frequently used actions can be stored as templates in the Action Editor. The stored actions are available from the Quick Start
menu of the Action Editor.
Working with web services
Web services are software components that can be used within the IBM
Forms Designer to provide network interaction between servers and client computers. For example, adding a specific web service call to a form results in the form retrieving information based on user input. This section describes how to add web service calls to your forms.
Controlling and formatting data
You can restrict the type and format of data that users enter into fields and other controls. For example, you can make sure that only valid telephone numbers are entered.