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Bonus on-line demo for the Lotus Geek

Thu 6 Nov 2003, 12:24 PM

by Ben Langhinrichs
Well, I wrote about a new sample db I created for Rocky Oliver, Lotus Geek, in this post.  Rocky responded nicely in this post on his Lotus Geek site.  Of course, within a day, somebody wrote plaintively asking whether I could create action hotspots that worked on the web.  Sheesh!  There is no satisfying people <grin>.

The Action Hotspots sample I wrote for download (see the Sample downloads) didn't seem quite meaty enough for an on-line sample of its own, so I whipped up a companion to the fairly popular Create Page Dynamically on-line demo.  The new one is called Create Form Dynamically, and it just shows how you can create your own dynamic form and save it in our database here.  It shows how to created a field, includes an embedded view, and that sort of stuff, but to appease those who want more action hotspots, it also includes a text hotspot or button hotspot which handles the submit.

Only trouble is, while it is fun for a few minutes and shows a bit of functionality, it doesn't begin to touch on what you can do with dynamic forms generations.  It doesn't go anywhere near as far as Forms Design sample you can download.  So, for you all out there, I have a challenge.  Tell me how you would like this demo modified.  Tell me things you would like to see added, like configurable fields or field formulas or whatever, so long as it will work in this extremely constrained context of our website, and I'll change it before your very eyes.  Want to add some passthru HTML to show an IFRAME with our Help database?  Want the action hotspots to do some really cool JavaScript tricks? Just say the word, and I'll do my best to comply.

Don't wait for Rocky to respond though.  I think he is lazing about on a beach somewhere, and won't even see this till he gets back.

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