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Creating forms
mageshuma asked:
Is there a way to use my pretty forms designed in Access in westside  
  brendanx responded:
  There is now auto-conversion from Access forms to our xhtml views.  You will have to rebuild these.

In general, however, we have found that quite a lot of the time in form design is spent in the specification process, and getting them right the first time.  It is our hope and belief that a person with a reasonable undersanding of our product should be able to reproduce such forms fairly quickly.
 
  dougl responded:
  Where brendanx says:
"There is now auto-conversion from Access forms to our xhtml views"

I believe he means:
"There is NO auto-conversion from Access forms to our xhtml views"
 
  mageshuma responded:
  Thanks for response. I shall send a sample form built with Access 2000 through mail. It is rich in graphics and useful in interactivity to search data depending upon the device [the radio button which is clicked].If a different button is clicked all data in the 100 text boxes will change. This is achieeved thro vb coding in form module. The data comes from the access db uploaded in website mageshuma.westside.com

Can we build such rich forms ?
 
  brendanx responded:
  Sure.  You just have to learn a little DHTML.  In this case you would probably end up with a tag like:

<input type="radio" name="device" value="1" onclick="fnChangeEdits()"> Device 1 <br />
<input type="radio" name="device" value="2" onclick="fnChangeEdits()"> Device 2 <br />

My favorite on-line DHTML reference is:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/workshop/author/dhtml/reference/objects.asp

It is pretty IE specific, so not all of it is guaranteed to work on Netscape.  Your above case seems simple enough, that you shouldn't have much problem.  Be sure to test.

DHTML is really quite rich in functionality.  In fact, our whole development environment is written in it.
 
  mageshuma responded:
  Thanks Brendanx

I will try dhtml. Have you seen the screenshot of the sample form [in gif file format] sent thro' email ?
 
  brendanx responded:
  Yes, I have seen the form.

DHTML is quite rich, and certainly your best option, if you need to make your application work as a web site.

In a lot of cases, of course, you will want to make design decisions around what can be done easily, since that will save you time and money in your development.  But certainly, if you are willing to put in the time and effort, you may be surprised at how much you can achieve with DHTML.

Try creating a new web site, and check out our editable grid.  We just shipped this last week.  It was all done in DHTML.

Note that you can pay us for consulting, if you want more in depth advice on how to approach design of such complex DHTML forms.  You could probably even hire us to write them for you.

Contact sales@westside.com
 
  mageshuma responded:
  Thanks Brendanx,
I am interested in your editable grid also
Can I access it on your site?

Warm regards,
Venkat
 
  brendanx responded:
  Any new web application you create, since about a week ago will have editable grids by default.

Just try re-importing your Access database, and then click on a cell in one of the grids for the data.
 
  dougl responded:
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