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Sections are the building blocks of your user interface. You can populate a section with UI elements, such as fields and controls, to create a functional chunk of user interface that can be reused in different contexts for improved consistency and efficient development.

Sections are instances of the Rule-HTML-Section class and define how an area of a user interface looks. You can display a section in a harness, another section, or a paragraph rule.

Sections use templates that organize content into separate regions. Each region can contain properties, labels, controls, and other sections. You can create a custom template specifically for your application, or choose from several out-of-the-box templates that cover most UI scenarios.

For example, your application may need to display user data as a list of ID cards. To create a section that is the basis of a card, you can apply the list item template to the section, and populate it with references to properties that store user data. You can then include the section in a repeating layout, and the application uses it as a model for all user ID cards in that layout. Because the system sources all cards from the same section, they share the visual design and the type of data that they display. However, the content of each card is different because the data is independent of the user interface design.

  • Creating sections

    Use sections to build a modular user interface that promotes reusability and design consistency. By populating your sections with content, you can create a functional chunk of interface that has a specific purpose, and can be used in many contexts.

  • About HTML Fragment rules

    Use HTML fragment rules to define universally available HTML parts, such as style sheets and scripts, including JavaScript files. During stream processing, a JavaServer Pages (JSP) tag can insert this text into other HTML rule instances.

  • About Flow Actions

    A flow action controls how users interact with user forms to complete assignments. After selecting one flow action, users may fill in a section of the form to complete (perform) the assignment.

  • About HTML rules

    Use an HTML rule to describe how the system is to assemble, through stream processing, portions of HTML displays in your application.

  • About Flow Actions

    A flow action controls how users interact with user forms to complete assignments. After selecting one flow action, users may fill in a section of the form to complete (perform) the assignment.

  • Unit testing a Service SOAP rule

    Services start their processing in response to a request from an external application. Before you add the external application to your testing process, use the Simulate SOAP Service Execution feature to verify that the service processes data appropriately. When using this feature, you manually provide some representative data to process. You specify a test page for the rule to use, provide sample data as the input, run the rule, and examine the results to see if they are what you expect.

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