Publishing

Introduction

The notion of publishing is central to Form Builder/Form Runner.

  • As a form author, you first work on a form definition in a special space where the form can be modified, saved, and tested.
  • Once the form definition is ready, you publish it to Form Runner.
  • After that moment:
    • the form becomes available by form users for data entry
    • Form Builder is no longer part of the equation

First publish

When you start publishing a form with the Publish button at the bottom of Form Builder, a dialog opens to confirm the application name form name:

Creating a new version

If you decide to go ahead with publishing, simply use the Publish button.

Versioning

New version or override

When versioning is enabled, you have a choice, when publishing, of whether to create a new form version or to override an existing one.

Creating a new version

Overwriting an existing version

[SINCE Orbeon Forms 2016.1]

You can overwrite not only the latest published version, but any previous version.

Versioning comments

[SINCE Orbeon Forms 2016.2]

You can add or update a textual comment associated with the given published version. Adding a comment is not required, but setting a comment can help the form author understand what changes a given form version includes.

When creating a new version, the field is initially empty:

Empty comment

You can set an explanatory comment:

Empty comment

When overriding an existing form version, the existing comment, if any, is read back from the published form definition and you can update it before publishing:

Empty comment

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