About the edit-link tag

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    ebizz
    Asked on December 29, 2010 at 06:57 PM
     When we include the edit link tag into the :

    1. Is the edit-link tag applicable or useful onto forms that have required fields that haven't been filled in yet ?

    2. I guess that the form with edit-link will remain editable forever, so that users always can come back to the form and re-edit previously filled in fields ?

    3. Is there a solution to prevent such re-editing ?
    If not, would it be a good suggestion to add a 'lock' property to all fields, so that the filled in fields can't be re-edited anymore after the form has been saved ?

    4. Is there a way to remove the edit-link tag, once all fields have been filled in ?
    If not, would it be a good suggestion that Jotform adds a validity period option onto the edit-link tag, i.e. x days or weeks ? And additionally, the {edit-link} could be disabled automatically, after all fields have been filled in.

    Thanks and Best Regards,
    Jean-Marie
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    aytekin
    Answered on December 30, 2010 at 03:29 AM

    1. Is the edit-link tag applicable or useful onto forms that have required fields that haven't been filled in yet ?

    Certainly. Any submission can be recalled using {edit_link} tag and then your user can change and re-submit it. 

    2. I guess that the form with edit-link will remain editable forever, so that users always can come back to the form and re-edit previously filled in fields ?

    Yes, the edit-link will always work.

    3. Is there a solution to prevent such re-editing ?
    If not, would it be a good suggestion to add a 'lock' property to all fields, so that the filled in fields can't be re-edited anymore after the form has been saved ?

    So, you would like users to be able edit a form submission only once or until admin clicks on some kind of lock switch on the Submissions page? I have added this to our feature requests list. 

    4. Is there a way to remove the edit-link tag, once all fields have been filled in ?
    If not, would it be a good suggestion that Jotform adds a validity period option onto the edit-link tag, i.e. x days or weeks ? And additionally, the {edit-link} could be disabled automatically, after all fields have been filled in.

    No, there is no way to do that. Added this to our feature requests list as well. 

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    ebizz
    Answered on December 30, 2010 at 04:34 AM

    Hello Aytekin,

    Thanks for your reply.

    About my question 1 :
    I guess my question wasn't clear. What I meant to say is that the edit-link tag can only work from the link appearing in the autoresponder that customer receives. But customer won't be able to submit as long as all required fields haven't been filled in. In other words: the edit-link tag is only usefull as long as all required fields have been filled in : otherwise the form won't be able to be submitted.

    About my question 2 :
    You understood it well.
    I think the edit function is mainly usefull for long forms where customer needs more time to fill in the form completely. But after filling in, it the form would be useless if he could endlessly change the info already provided.

    Only :
    One possibility could be to see it as a 1-time complete edit lock onto the complete form. That'll probably be the easiest or fast way to program.

    But another possibiliy could be to see it as an additional lock property ability added onto every individual field type.
    The standard setting could be 'locked' but should also offer a 2nd option: 'lock immediately after filling in' and/or 3rd option : 'lock after filling in after x days' (where "x" is a value that can be set by the user).

    Thanks again for listening at everybody's suggestions.

    Jean-Marie

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    aytekin
    Answered on December 30, 2010 at 07:11 AM

    About my question 1 :

    I guess my question wasn't clear. What I meant to say is that the edit-link tag can only work from the link appearing in the autoresponder that customer receives. But customer won't be able to submit as long as all required fields haven't been filled in. In other words: the edit-link tag is only usefull as long as all required fields have been filled in : otherwise the form won't be able to be submitted.

    Yes, that's true. You cannot leave out required fields and submit the form. There is no way around it. 

     

     

    About my question 2 : 

    You understood it well. 

    I think the edit function is mainly usefull for long forms where customer needs more time to fill in the form completely. But after filling in, it the form would be useless if he could endlessly change the info already provided.

    Only : 

    One possibility could be to see it as a 1-time complete edit lock onto the complete form. That'll probably be the easiest or fast way to program. 

     

    But another possibiliy could be to see it as an additional lock property ability added onto every individual field type. 

    The standard setting could be 'locked' but should also offer a 2nd option: 'lock immediately after filling in' and/or 3rd option : 'lock after filling in after x days' (where "x" is a value that can be set by the user).

    Thanks for your suggestions. They all make sense. Our feature request list is highly loaded so I can't say when/if we can implement it though.