Thursday, October 6, 2016

Adding a 3rd party form in Active Admissions

Recently, I was asked by another college how we successfully implemented forms that we want to submit to third parties, such as our Library system's search network, our Google search, etc. So today, I'm going to cover how that is done. This trick is fairly simple, and best implemented within XSLT.

First you'll create your XSLT document with the following shell...

<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="" xmlns:ACControl="urn:This:Control" xmlns:ACXslt="urn:ActiveCampus:XSLTLibrary" exclude-result-prefixes="ACControl ACXslt">
<xsl:output method="xml" indent="yes" omit-xml-declaration="yes"/>
<xsl:template match="/">
<!--- Put your Form Here -->

As you can see in the middle, I've highlighted where your form code will eventually go.

Now we'll start creating your form. In this example case, we are going to use a simple Google Search. Below is the Textbox for the search.

<input type="text" name="q" />

This is fairly straight forward... now comes the real fun, the Submit Button.

<input type="submit" name="b1" value="Go" onclick="javascript:WebForm_DoPostBackWithOptions(new WebForm_PostBackOptions(&quot;b1&quot;, &quot;&quot;, false, &quot;&quot;, &quot;;, false, false))" id="b1" />

Hopefully while looking at this you'll notice that instead of actually putting up a quote, in the XSLT, I am actually putting in encoded quotes. This is very important otherwise it won't work.

While I'm on the subject... this would be much more straight forward if Datatel enabled the ability to insert Javascript directly into their Rich Text Editor. Unfortunately they turn that capability off, and the only way to get it switched is via a programmer switch. So I encourage all Active Admissions users to contact Datatel and submit a request to get it turned on. Part of the reason for this is, that I believe schools should have the capability to use all technology, and not be limited. Give us the freedom to create!

Feel free to post, or contact me if you have any questions on this process.


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