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Grid Form Layouts
Grid-based templates allow you to modify form layout using the Applet Layout Editor in Siebel Tools, without having to modify the associated Web templates. Grid layout templates do not use placeholder tags as non-grid based layout templates do. Instead, grid layout templates use two Siebel tags (<swe:form-applet-layout> and </swe:form-applet-layout>) that serve as a single container for all controls in the main body of the form.
Grid layout templates consist of a body region and a header or footer. The body region is defined by <swe:form-applet-layout> tag and contains no placeholder tags. However, the header and footer regions do use placeholder tags for items such as buttons. You cannot edit the layout of header and footer regions using the Applet Layout Editor.
The following list summarizes how grid-based applet Web templates differ from non-grid applet Web templates:
- With grid-based templates, you can modify the layout of the form using Siebel Tools without having to modify the Web template itself.
- With grid-based templates, Labels and Controls behave as separate items in the Web Layout Editor. This allows you to place them independently in the applet layout. However, Labels and Controls are really a single object in the repository with one set of shared properties.
- Grid-based templates do not automatically compress empty space in a column. The browser compresses horizontal space as much as possible without changing the size of any fields on the form applet.
For examples of grid layout templates, see Applet Form Grid Layout and Applet Popup Form Grid Layout.