Edit Form Pages

Forms usually consist of two pages: a Compose page and a Read page. There are other pages contained within the Compose or Read page, such as (P.2)-(P.6), that you can customize or use to set properties on the form. These pages are covered later in this chapter. Each of these individual pages of the form has its own Compose and Read pages, depending on whether Separate Read Layout has been selected for that page.

The Compose page appears when the user opens the form to create an item. The Read page appears when the user double-clicks an existing item and opens it. When you create forms, you usually edit both the Compose and Read pages. In fact, when you first start designing forms, it's a common mistake to make adjustments to the Compose page but fail to make the same adjustments to the Read page. When working with forms, you can switch back and forth between the Read and Compose pages by clicking the Edit Compose Page or Edit Read Page button on the Form Designtoolbar, as shown in Figure 5-15. Although the Compose and Read pages look very similar, they each have unique characteristics that you need to be aware of.

Figure 5.15 - The Edit Compose Page and Edit Read Page buttons.

Figure 5.15 - The Edit Compose Page and Edit Read Page buttons.

The Compose Page

The Compose page of a form contains controls in which the user enters information. For example, in Figure 5-16, the user can enter information in the Starting and Ending textboxes of the Vacation Request form. When the item is sent or posted, the information in these controls is saved in the item. In addition, the Compose page of Message forms provides controls such as the To button and To text box that allow users to specify an address for an item.

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