Tip

XML dataisland and input fields a new type of db column

To use this code you need Explorer 5.5, think a view and a db column without any @formulas or the 65k problem.

Xml is the answer although limited to Explorer 5.5. This example shows you how you can let a user choose and go through a view and choose an item which can then be saved on an order form.


Code: the xml:
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<partscatalog>
<part><partname>12 Volt Corded Spotlight</partname><partnumber>CS9586</partnumber><manufacturer>Acme</manufacturer><stock>In Stock</stock><regprice>15.77</regprice><saleprice>13.83</saleprice></part><part><partname>Automotive meter</partname><partnumber>AM8754</partnumber><manufacturer>Acme</manufacturer><stock>In Stock</stock><regprice>108.36</regprice><saleprice>106.95</saleprice></part><part><partname>Gravity Feed Spray Gun</partname><partnumber>GFSG2224</partnumber><manufacturer>Acme</manufacturer><stock>In Stock</stock><regprice>134.36</regprice><saleprice>133.56</saleprice></part><part><partname>6X9 Inch 3-Way 160 Watt Speaker Set</partname><partnumber>SS4982</partnumber><manufacturer>Acme</manufacturer><stock>In Stock</stock><regprice>19.95</regprice><saleprice>18.50</saleprice></part><part><partname>40 Watt Power Booster</partname><partnumber>PB5423</partnumber><manufacturer>Acme</manufacturer><stock>In Stock</stock><regprice>14.95</regprice><saleprice></saleprice></part><part><partname>Digital Battery Analyzer</partname><partnumber>BA85914o367a</partnumber><manufacturer>Acme</manufacturer><stock>In Stock</stock><regprice>313.86</regprice><saleprice>280.12</saleprice></part><part><partname>Ignition Firing Indicator</partname><partnumber>IFI518764</partnumber><manufacturer>Acme</manufacturer><stock>In Stock</stock><regprice>22.36</regprice><saleprice>20.67</saleprice></part><part><partname>Engine Rebuild Kits</partname><partnumber>RB98i0965</partnumber><manufacturer>Acme</manufacturer><stock>In Stock</stock><regprice>101.28</regprice><saleprice>95.95</saleprice></part><part><partname>11-1/2" Carburetor Linkage</partname><partnumber>CL856222</partnumber><manufacturer>Acme</manufacturer><stock>In Stock</stock><regprice>8.67</regprice><saleprice>6.80</saleprice></part><part><partname>Acme Deluxe Fuel Pump</partname><partnumber>DFP98402883</partnumber><manufacturer>Acme</manufacturer><stock>In Stock</stock><regprice>447.99</regprice><saleprice>410.99</saleprice></part><part><partname>Acme Cam and Lifter</partname><partnumber>ACL9978523</partnumber><manufacturer>Acme</manufacturer><stock>In Stock</stock><regprice>101.28</regprice><saleprice></saleprice></part><part><partname>Cordless Drill</partname><partnumber>CD5894s</partnumber><manufacturer>Acme</manufacturer><stock>In Stock</stock><regprice>75.50</regprice><saleprice></saleprice></part><part><partname>Electric Power Washer</partname><partnumber>EPW85497</partnumber><manufacturer>Acme</manufacturer><stock>In Stock</stock><regprice>188.10</regprice><saleprice></saleprice></part><part><partname>5X7 Rectangular Light Cover</partname><partnumber>RLC5871s</partnumber><manufacturer>Acme</manufacturer><stock>In Stock</stock><regprice>10.95</regprice><saleprice></saleprice></part><part><partname>Back-up Lights</partname><partnumber>BL3321</partnumber><manufacturer>Acme</manufacturer><stock>In Stock</stock><regprice>95.42</regprice><saleprice>85.95</saleprice></part>
</partscatalog>



the script (take away the //):
//<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">
//<!-- 
//function movenext()
//{
//x=xmldso.recordset
//if (x.absoluteposition < x.recordcount)
	//{
	//x.movenext()
	//}
//}
//function moveprevious()
//{
//x=xmldso.recordset
//if (x.absoluteposition > 1)
	//{
	//x.moveprevious()
	//}
//}
// -->
//</SCRIPT>

add this div tag;
<xml src="./GetParts?OpenPage" id="xmldso" async="false">

the html:
<TABLE BORDER=0 CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0>
<TR VALIGN=top><TD WIDTH="210" BGCOLOR="E1E1E1" COLSPAN=2>
<INPUT TYPE=button onClick="moveprevious()" VALUE="<<"> 
<INPUT TYPE=button onClick="movenext()" VALUE=">>"> <B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Choose from parts:</FONT></B></TD></TR>

<TR VALIGN=top><TD WIDTH="81" BGCOLOR="C0E1FF"><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">PartName:</FONT></B></TD><TD WIDTH="129">
<INPUT NAME="PartName" VALUE="" TITLE="PartName" datasrc="#xmldso" datafld="PartName" size="35"></TD></TR>

<TR VALIGN=top><TD WIDTH="81" BGCOLOR="C0E1FF"><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">PartNumber:</FONT></B></TD><TD WIDTH="129">
<INPUT NAME="PartNumber" VALUE="" datasrc="#xmldso" datafld="PartNumber" size="35"></TD></TR>

<TR VALIGN=top><TD WIDTH="81" BGCOLOR="C0E1FF"><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">manufacturer:</FONT></B></TD><TD WIDTH="129">
<INPUT NAME="manufacturer" VALUE="" datasrc="#xmldso" datafld="manufacturer" size="35"></TD></TR>

<TR VALIGN=top><TD WIDTH="81" BGCOLOR="C0E1FF"><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">stock:</FONT></B></TD><TD WIDTH="129">
<INPUT NAME="stock" VALUE="" datasrc="#xmldso" datafld="stock" size="35"></TD></TR>

<TR VALIGN=top><TD WIDTH="81" BGCOLOR="C0E1FF"><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Times New Roman">regprice</FONT></B><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">:</FONT></B></TD><TD WIDTH="129">
<INPUT NAME="regprice" VALUE="" datasrc="#xmldso" datafld="regprice" size="35"></TD></TR>

<TR VALIGN=top><TD WIDTH="81" BGCOLOR="C0E1FF"><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">saleprice:</FONT></B></TD><TD WIDTH="129">
<INPUT NAME="saleprice" VALUE="" TITLE="saleprice" datasrc="#xmldso" datafld="saleprice" size="35"></TD></TR>

<TR VALIGN=top><TD WIDTH="81" BGCOLOR="FFFFFF"> </TD><TD WIDTH="129"><IMG SRC="/icons/ecblank.gif" BORDER=0 HEIGHT=1 WIDTH=1 ALT=""></TD></TR>
</TABLE>

Tips: by adding datasrc="#xmldso" datafld="regprice" to every field you get the first value in the xml doc.


This was first published in January 2001

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