I mean displaying the data that was INSERTed into the database after the fact. (I guess that is a “Post-View” and not a “Preview”?!)
really if you have a preview my first concern would be EDIT. Nothing sucks more than to see you made a typo after pressing confirm ( yea, it happens), and feel you have to struggle to find a way to correct it.
You know… I am starting to think that creating a simple web form like we are talking via is like a 20,000 hour project?!
God is this hard!!!
(I haven’t even thought about giving people edit capabilities yet?!)
Inset another record is a nice courtesy that gets diminishing returns. think about it, in the beginning of populating a DB this is really useful. when you spend 2 nights in arrow just inserting records, but then your site is done… and you only punt one or two new records a week… hmmm
I have no clue what you are saying here?! :-/
on the other hand, if that you “confirmation page” had was a general menu, of which one button pointed to a node which was a logical start for a new record it would be far more useful in the long run. For example, most for the CMS I design just show:
[GENERAL NAVIGATION including" record control: Add Record | Edit Records | Delete Record]
The preview as seen by the END USER.
----- EDIT THIS RECORD----
I hope you see what I mean by all this
Here is what I am doing… (I forgot how I started this thread!!)
Right now I am making myself a web form to enter Articles. It will allow me to go from Article Files to Article Records.
Once I get that working, then I want to create a way for Members to comment on my Articles. (Similar process flow, but requires more security and more options like we are discussing.)
If a Member is on “Postage Meters can save you money” and wants to comment, then things should go like this…
- Member must be Logged In or Log In
- Member is taken to an “Add a Comment” form
- Member types in a TEXT comment
- Member hits “Submit”
- System displays Success/Failure message
- System holds Comment in queue for Admin to approve
- System re-displays Article with Comments at bottom again
After New Comment is approved…
- System displays Article with all Comments sorted Newest to Oldest and display below the Article
Having a fancy Rich Text Editor like here at SitePoint, and a Preview button and the ability to edit the comment before and after it is made is way down the line for me. (Unless you wanna help me out here?!)