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Predefined buttons, processes and dialogs

Predefined buttons

The following buttons are predefined and associated with the processes of the same name:
Name
Description
Since
clear
reset the form data to the default initial form data
4.2
close
navigate to the URL specified by oxf.fr.detail.close.uri or, if not specified, to the summary page NOTE: The button in fact navigates to a page, but doesn't just close the current window/tab, as there is no cross-browser way to do this.
4.2
collapse-all
run the action of the same name
4.2
edit
navigate to the edit page from the review page
4.2
email
validate then email data
4.2
excel-export
generate an Excel file approximating the structure of the form as well as the current data
2021.1.3
expand-all
run the action of the same name
4.2
home
navigate to /
4.2
pdf
generate a PDF version of the current form
4.2
review
navigate to the review page if the data is valid
4.2
save-draft
save the form data even if it isn't valid
4.2 (deprecated)
save-progress
save the form data even if it isn't valid
2021.1
save-final
save the form data if it is valid
4.2
send
validate then send data to a service
4.2
summary
navigate to the summary page
4.2
tiff
generate a TIFF version of the current form (see TIFF Production)
4.2
validate
run validate-all
4.2
wizard-next
runs the action of the same name and show an error when needed
4.2
wizard-prev
runs the action of the same name and show an error when needed
4.2
wizard-toc
show the separate table of content when the wizard is configured with a separate table of contents
2016.2
In fact all buttons except the pdf and tiff buttons can do the same tasks if they are configured appropriately! But by default the buttons above are preconfigured to do different tasks, for convenience.
[SINCE Orbeon Forms 2021.1]
The save-draft button is replaced by save-progress. The button label is also renamed to say "Save Progress" instead of "Save Draft" by default. The reason for this renaming is that it reflects the intention better, and reduces confusion with the word "draft" also used for autosave drafts.
The save-draft button remains for backward compatibility. By default, it calls the process("save-progress") process.
We recommend that you review whether you have customized the save-draft process and/or button resources in your properties-local.xml and udpate them to the new name as needed,
[SINCE Orbeon Forms 2022.1]
The wizard-toc button is included automatically by default when the wizard is configured with a separate table of contents.

Predefined reusable processes

The following sub-processes are predefined and can be reused from other processes:
Name
Description
Since
require-uploads
check whether there are pending uploads and if so display an error message and interrupt the process
4.2
require-valid
mark all controls as visited, check whether data is valid and if not display an error message and interrupt the process
4.2
review-messages
if there are any error, warning or info messages, open a dialog so the user can decide whether to review them or continue the process
4.3
validate-all
combine require-valid and review-messages
4.3
orbeon-home
navigate to '/'
4.2
form-runner-home
navigate to '/fr'
4.2
summary
navigate to this Form Runner page
4.7
NOTE: If you want to just check data for validity in a background process, instead of require-valid, use validate("error") instead. See also Run form in the background.

Processes that apply to services

oxf.fr.service.duplicate.transform

[SINCE Orbeon Forms 4.7]
This process is called by the duplicate service after the original data has been read and before it is written back. This allows performing simple value transformations on the data such as clearing or setting fields upon data duplication.
Examples:
<!-- Clear the value of the `first-name` element, if found -->
<property as="xs:string" name="oxf.fr.service.duplicate.transform.myapp.myform">
xf:setvalue(ref = "//first-name")
</property>
<!-- Set the value of the `submit-date` element, if found, to the current date -->
<property as="xs:string" name="oxf.fr.service.duplicate.transform.myapp.myform">
xf:setvalue(ref = "//submit-date", value = "current-date()")
</property>

Standard dialogs

[SINCE Orbeon Forms 4.3]

Validation dialog

The validation dialog
The following dialog can be opened with the xf:show action:
  • fr-validation-dialog: the validation dialog which asks the user to review validation messages
Example:
xf:show(dialog = "fr-validation-dialog") then suspend

The result dialog

The result dialog
The result-dialog action shows a configurable dialog. You can customize:
  • The message shown in the dialog, which can either be a static message informing users that the data has been submitted (the default), or a message returned by the persistence layer. In the later case, it is assumed that the persistence layer responds to a CRUD PUT operation with the HTML to display in the dialog. None of the persistence implementations that ship with Orbeon Forms do that, so this property is only relevant if you implement your own persistence layer. Otherwise, you will want to leave this property to its default value:
    <property
    as="xs:boolean"
    name="oxf.fr.detail.submit.content-from-persistence.*.*"
    value="false"/>
  • The buttons shows in the submit dialog, which can be:
    • clear: Sets all the fields to their default value and closes the dialog.
    • keep: Keeps the field values as they are and closes the dialog.
    • go: Go to a URL (see below for how the URL can be configured)
    • close-window: Closes the window. For this to work, JavaScript must be enabled, and the window in which the form is shown must have been opened by another page you created.
    <property
    as="xs:string"
    name="oxf.fr.detail.submit.buttons.*.*"
    value="go"/>
  • The go URI, if you have enabled the go button. When the "go" button is pressed, users will be taken to the URI specified by the following property. The value of the property is an XPath expression evaluated in the context of the form instance. This allows you both to have a "dynamic" URI (which depends on the initial data or data entered by users) or a "static" URI in the form of a URI between single quote in the XPath expression.
    <property
    as="xs:string"
    name="oxf.fr.detail.submit.go.uri-xpath.*.*"
    value="/book/details/link"/>
You use the action like a regular process action, for example:
save-final then result-dialog