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Utilizing the Action Form for Harnesses and Sections

Updated on September 13, 2021

This presentation is part of the Advanced UI Techniques Self-Study Course.


Traditionally, a button or icon with a custom activity was used to invoke and follow a new process from the middle of an existing process. This is fine for some situations but does not work well when the activity in question creates a new work object and displays an assignment on that new work object.

The CPM Framework takes advantage of a minimal change to the Action form on the Perform Harness to solve this requirement while still being guardrail compliant.

For example, we are interacting with a customer and attempting to search for the customer record.  When the customer record is not found, we are required to register the customer.  Interacting with the customer and creating a new customer are two separate processes. 

By changing the target of the Action form, you can direct the submission of the form to submit the entire form rather than just the Action form. This can be achieved by embedding a fragment with a small piece of JavaScript that modifies the target attribute of the form.

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