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From "Kejia Ye (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (ODFTOOLKIT-340) Propose to add new API to insert form controls into document
Date Fri, 28 Sep 2012 07:39:07 GMT
Kejia Ye created ODFTOOLKIT-340:

             Summary: Propose to add new API to insert form controls into document
                 Key: ODFTOOLKIT-340
             Project: ODF Toolkit
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: simple api
    Affects Versions: 0.7
            Reporter: Kejia Ye
             Fix For: 0.8

Here's a customer requirement that new APIs are needed to insert standard from controls into
document, like Radio buttons, Checkboxes and InputFields. Additionally, it is required to
assign appropriate labels and values to the inserted controls.

To support this feature, a problem came up first.  A form control is implementation-dependent
and it may have self-defined attributes that cannot be ignored and auto-generated by editors.
Besides, not all the forms defined in the ODF specs are fully supported by common ODF editors.For
example, AOO use <form:formatted-text> to implement date field and time field.

I think one way to resolve this can be separating the implementation-dependent details from
other contents. Define a provider class which implements Form interface and provide methods
to create controls, like provider.createTextArea(initValues). For now we can only use OOFormProvider
as the default one and use its implementation methods to initiate the controls, but user can
also define customized providers by themselves.

Besides, how to define the style of a shape and set anchor type of a control to char may be
also complex. I'll try to figure them out as I dig into the details.

Any one have comments or ideas with this proposal? Thanks!

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