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Linking and embedding

Rationale

"Embedding" refers to a deployment option where Orbeon Forms pages or forms appear embedded or nested within another application's page. This is in contrast to the default deployment setup where Orbeon Forms produces entire web pages, and you link to those page from your application.
Orbeon Forms supports several embedding methods:

Liferay

Supported Liferay versions

The following versions of Liferay are supported:
Orbeon Forms Version
Tested Liferay Version
Proxy Portlet
Full Portlet
2020.1
Liferay 7.2.1 CE GA2
yes
no
2019.2.2
Liferay 7.2.1 CE GA2
yes
no
Liferay 7.1.3 CE GA4
yes
no
2019.2
Liferay 7.1.3 CE GA4
yes
no
2019.1
Liferay 7.1.3 CE GA4
yes
no
2018.2
Liferay 7.1.2 CE GA3
yes
no
Liferay 7.0 CE GA5 / 7.0.4
yes
no
2018.1
Liferay 7.0 CE GA5 / 7.0.4
yes
no
2017.2
Liferay 7.0 CE GA5 / 7.0.4
yes
no
2017.1
Liferay 6.2 CE GA6 / 6.2.5
yes
yes
Liferay 7.0 CE GA3 / 7.0.2
yes
no
2016.3
Liferay 6.2 CE GA6 / 6.2.5
yes
yes
2016.2
Liferay 6.1.2 CE GA3
yes
yes
Liferay 6.2 CE GA6 / 6.2.5
yes
yes
4.9
Liferay 6.0
yes
yes
Liferay 6.1.2 CE GA3
yes
yes

Servlet vs. Liferay portal deployment

In addition to deploying Orbeon Forms into a servlet container such as Tomcat, you can deploy it into the Liferay portal using the Orbeon Forms portlets.
Portals such as Liferay provide features such as:
    Content aggregation: A single web page aggregates the output or user interface of several data sources or applications.
    Personalization: Users or administrators of the portal can customize the user interface. This often means not only customizing the look and feel, but also selecting a certain set of available functionality within the application.
    Single sign-On: The user logs in only once to access several applications in the portal.

Known limitations

The following Form Runner limitations are known within Liferay:
    With Liferay 7/DXP, since Orbeon Forms 2017.1, the full portlet is not supported.

Form Runner proxy portlet or full portlet?

The full portlet is not specifically tied to Form Runner and does not provide Form-Runner-specific features. Using the full portlet usually requires setting a custom landing page and possibly other custom configurations.
The Form Runner proxy portlet is designed to work with Form Runner only and to support a deployment mode where Form Runner can be installed within a separate application container, possibly on a separate server.
You can configure the proxy portlet via UI, making it is easier to create a setup with multiple forms on different portal pages.
Here is a comparison of the two options:
Feature
Proxy Portlet
Full Portlet
Since Version
Runs Form Runner forms
yes
yes
Specifically designed for Form Runner
yes
no
Allows remote Form Runner
yes
no
Options configurable via UI
yes
no
Form selection via UI
yes
no
Form selection via URL parameters
yes
no
4.7
Can use portal user information
yes
no
4.4
Can use portal language preference
yes
no
4.4
Supports Liferay organizations
yes
no
2016.3
Runs custom XForms applications
no
yes
Requires custom landing page
no
yes
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