EFORMASPX Workflow Application

Overview

The EFORMASPX workflow application lets you display and fill out the different fields of your electronic forms through a web form. A web form is the ASP.NET equivalent of an MS Windows form and has similar programming characteristics.

Required parameters

Parameter

Type

Direction

Description

FORM_DATA

FILE

INOUT

Contains the form data: the dataset in .NET to store the data to/from the WorkflowGen XML file (see below for an example of this file) WorkflowGen generates this file at every form submit and no default value needs to be defined. WorkflowGen will create and update this file automatically.

FORM_URL

TEXT

IN

Used to display the ASP.NET form that users complete during process execution or whose fields are populated with default values defined during process design

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It should contain the path/location of the blank form that can be stored in the process data or associated directly to this parameter, and can be an absolute or relative path.

πŸ“Œ Example of an empty FORM_DATA file

An XML file formData.xml containing:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<NewDataSet>
<Table1 />
</NewDataSet>

πŸ“Œ Example of a FORM_URL

/wfgen/WfApps/WebForms/MyFirstWebForm/v1/Form.aspx

Using additional parameters

Field initialization

You can pre-populate web form fields by specifying which values are to populate which form fields. This is done by providing the field name to an action parameter as an IN or INOUT parameter and then sending the value of a freeform text, a WorkflowGen macro, or a process data.

πŸ“Œ Example

  • Rule: Display the requester’s name in the web form field called REQ_NAME when the form loads.

    • Method: Associate the form field name with the Requester.Name macro.

Retrieving field values

You can store the various web form field values in the process data by specifying which field values are to be stored to which process data. This is done by providing a field name to an action parameter as an OUT (or INOUT) parameter and by retrieving that field value to a specified process data.

  • Process data can only be used to store one and only one field value per action.

  • As of WorkflowGen version 7.15.0, TEXT process data no longer have a 4000-character limit for MS SQL Server database.

πŸ“Œ Example

  • Rule: Retrieve the Manager's answer/decision in process data called MGR_DECISION

    • Method: Associate the form field name with pre-defined process data

Additional parameters to change form field properties

Overview

You can control the required, read-only, and hidden ASPX form field properties through the action parameters without developing any .NET code. The value of the parameter has to be set to a list of fields to set (or not) separated by a comma or a semicolon. This list supports the generic wildcard character * (asterisk) and the exclusion character ^ (caret). A standardized field naming convention makes it easy to set the various field properties per action.

List of available parameters

Parameter

Type

Direction

Description

FORM_FIELDS_READONLY

TEXT

IN

List of read-only fields

FORM_FIELDS_REQUIRED

TEXT

IN

List of required fields

FORM_FIELDS_HIDDEN

TEXT

IN

List of hidden fields

Examples of use

  • Rule: The fields EMP_NAME and EMP_DATE are required

    • Method: FORM_FIELDS_REQUIRED = EMP_NAME, EMP_DATE

  • Rule: All the fields are set to read-only except the fields with a name that begins with EMP_

    • Method: FORM_FIELDS_READONLY = *, ^EMP_*

  • Rule: All the fields are set to visible except the DATE field and the fields with a name that begins with SUP_ and ends with _APP

    • Method: FORM_FIELDS_HIDDEN = ^*, DATE, SUP_*_APP

The FORM_ARCHIVE additional parameter

Overview

This is a way to have a static copy of the form, so that the copy can be viewed, printed, or sent by email without having to create any additional web form code.

Parameter

FORM_ARCHIVE: HTML static copy of the ASP.NET form (OUT)

The value of the filename has to be set in the initial XML file:

<FORM_ARCHIVE>form_archive.htm</FORM_ARCHIVE>

As well, the dataset must have a field named FORM_ARCHIVE.

WorkflowGen handles this, so no extra work by the process or form designers is needed.

How it works

When the web form is submitted by the end-user, the EFORMASPX application will create a static copy of the form and store it within the WorkflowGen directory. WorkflowGen will then be able to link this static copy to the FORM_ARCHIVE parameter.

The only things that the process designer needs to do are:

  1. Create a process data to store the static form (generated by WorkflowGen).

  2. Associate it to the FORM_ARCHIVE action parameter.

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