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Offline Forms

by Retired ‎02-16-2010 08:54 AM - edited ‎09-17-2010 04:02 PM (2,816 Views)



In this lab, you will create an offline form submission example.  Offline form submission allows users to fill out an HTML form and, when out of a wireless coverage area, have the browser queue it for submission to the server.  The browser submits the form as soon as the device is in a wireless coverage area.  You will need to have filled out and submitted the page at least once while in a wireless coverage area before the offline functionality will work.



-          Web server to host the HTML forms

-          IDE for developing your web pages


-          Discover how to create offline forms

Setup Tasks

-          In your IDE of choice, create the following 3 web pages:

-          Form Submission page

  • Contains the form which will be enabled for offline submission

-          Confirmation page

  • Notifies the user that the page will be submitted whenever the device is back in coverage (if not currently in coverage)

-          Data Collection page

  • Collects the submitted information



-          Create a Form Submission page

  • Create a web form that will contain all of the information to be collected from the end user

-          Create a Confirmation page

  • Create a web form that will display a message to the user that the form will be submitted whenever the device is back in coverage (if not currently in coverage)

-          Create a Data Collection page

  • Create a web form that will collect all of the information submitted in the form submission page
  • The data will be collected in the post data from the form submission page

-          Form Submission page

  • Set the following headers to create the form queue
  1. “x-rim-queue-id” – Specifies the Offline Form Queue to which any GET or POST requests from form submissions on this page should go.  Set this value equal to “OfflineForms”.
  2. “x-rim-next-target” – Specifies the next page to load after sending any GET or POST requests resulting from this page.  Set the value equal to the url of the confirmation page
  • The following code are samples of how to set the header values:
    1. Java
    2. HttpConnection.setRequestProperty(("x-rim-queue-id", "offlineforms");

      HttpConnection.setRequestProperty(("x-rim-next-target ", " Confirmation.htm ");

    3. .Net (C#)
    4. Response.AddHeader("x-rim-queue-id", "offlineforms");

      Response.AddHeader("x-rim-next-target", "Confirmation.htm");

  • Set the form’s action attribute equal to the url of the Data Collection page
  • -          Start the Mobile Data Service (MDS) simulator.

    -          Start the Device simulator

    -          Open the Form Submission page in the browser

    -          The result should be similar to the following diagrams

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