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No, this doesn't mean you're putting in a new feature while flying to a gig somewhere. Add On The Fly is a feature where a user may add to a list of existing entries. Often when entering an invoice there may be a requirement to add a customer the cannot be found in a picklist of customers. In many older systems the user would have to cancel adding the invoice, launch a separate customer form, add the customer and the restart the invoice.

Add on the fly would have permitted access to said customer form from within the invoice itself. A system that doesn't allow this is one of my favorite pet peeves ;).

How is this a framework issue? This is the responsibility of the application. If the user/app. requires being able to add records on the fly, then the app. should let them. It's pretty easy to drop a button on any form to support something like this.

This is a feature offered in some frameworks. See Framework Feature Chart. So of course it's a framework issue. It's a fundamental component of usability, so support for this typically goes into framework user interface classes. -- Steven Black

A simple button on the simple picklist form would have to summon a separate data entry form. A picklist form would not normally have corresponding save/cancel buttons. Allowing this functionality within a picklist form means it would not be a simple picklist form. -- Mike Yearwood

Besides, any feature that might end up in an app may be a candidate for being part of a framework. Especially if said feature is really desirable, but hard to code. -- Mike Yearwood
Category Frameworks
See Also: Delete On The Fly, Edit On The Fly, Find On The Fly and the Framework Feature Chart.
( Topic last updated: 2004.08.29 09:56:51 AM )