Jump to content

Read Records as Book in Webviewer


This topic is 2625 days old. Please don't post here. Open a new topic instead.

Recommended Posts




Fellow developers, a question I must ask (I'm sorry if this seem so unusual; my filemaker development is not the most common)
I have a database of paragraphs. The idea being, each paragraph is a record, in a Table named Reference. The whole idea of this database, which has more tables but could work with just one, is to make a manual, a handbook for the company I work for.
Let me give a example: we have a specific instruction on how to deal with taxes at importation. We create a record named: taxes at importation, and we related this record to another record in our self-related table (taxes, or importation). So:
               RecordID_pk    FatherID_fk      Title
R1                1                       0                 Importation
R2                2                       1                 Taxes at importation
the idea is to have a list of related records, with order numbers self-created, all of which I ALREADY HAVE.
So our database already does the following:
- organize the record relating it to parents
- performs searches easily (thanks for fmsearch for that)
- easily allows to change parent record
- order the records in a unified string -- 01; 01.01; 01.02; 02, etc.
My problem is: we have people (trainees) that need to read the whole manual over and over again (because they want to memorize, and they seem to think this is a good way - who can argue?). We have a "create pdf with all records" button, but they insists on reading live material. And there is some point to that. If the person is reading a theme, and it changes after the PDF is created, it obviously wont go to the pdf (unless another pdf is made). I know that whatever was read before will not be revised (like, any changes in chapter one will be missed if the person is already in chapter two) but he will re-read it eventually; no big deal.
As the reading may be exausting, and the trainees have, obviously, other tasks to do, we have a 1000 pages manual, which is something like 60 hours long to read, which the trainees will read 2 hours a day (more or less), 4 days a week. This means that if the trainee generates the PDF today, and we have a change in some topic, he will have to read the whole manual once (60hours/8hours per week aprox = 7,5 weeks) and them re-read the theme, which can cause some stress in this almost two months delay.
So, we need to do live reading.
My problem is: how to make the best reading experience in filemaker for lots of records with different sizes of text?
Some paragraphs are two sentences long. Some, two pages long. Some are just titles. When I print to pdf is very simple (with the slide up feature), but when I make a layout, all I can offer, so far, is a list view with fixed sizes or a form view, with go to next record.
What I want?
First, any suggestion if there is some obvious way to do what I need that I'm missing
Second, a way to display all (or some at least) of my records in a list-way in a webviewer. Kind like a wikipedia page has sub-topics (ok, it doesn't need all the fancy jump-to-section, although it would be awesome). Right now, I'm not trying to have the full-implementation, but just to understand which way I may/might follow.
Thanks for the help in reading all this long text.
Ps: If necessary, I'd be willing to do some html trick or something like (it already has some html tricks in the webviewer)
Edited by H1sc
Link to comment
Share on other sites

If you're happy with your PDF, I'd suggest popping up a new window in Preview mode.

Or you could save a PDF on demand.


In a web viewer, you enter

"data:text/html," & yourHTML

Google FileMaker Data URL, e.g.:


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for the help, Fitch. I'll surely take a look at the link of sixfriedrice.


But, as occurred to me, I am not happy with my pdf. Maybe I'm trying a step too big, but I'm thinking on going deep in html. I want to give the users the best experience ever (their happiness, their money). Could you point me to some direction on that? I was thinking on collapsing parts of the text, linking one part to another, etc.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

This topic is 2625 days old. Please don't post here. Open a new topic instead.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Similar Content

    • By Sinky
      Hi guys!
      I hope someone can help me with this.
      I have a SUMMARY LIST field which contains types of items eg. (shoes, shoes,  sneakers, boxers, jumpers, boxers, jackets, shoes, sneakers...). These items are also listed in a value list (boxers, jumpers, shoes, jackets, sneakers)
      Is there a way how I can generate a count list of items by and in order of the value list? Taken the example above,  this count list would look like this (2, 1, 3, 1, 2). The commas here should actually be the carriage return.
      Tnx a lot! 
    • By CEATH Company
      We have a client that is sending email to us from their ServiceDesk help desk system.  The issue is that the email is laced with HTML tags, so much so that the 360Works Email plugin script step to read the email doesn't find any body to insert in a FileMaker field.  The script step is of the form:
      Set Field[ImportedMessage::body ; EmailReadMessageValue( "body" )]
      The field ImportedMessage::body is empty, even though we know there is content because a cc copy of the same email can be read, for example, by Apple Mail.  Any ideas how to parse the content out of an email that a bunch of HTML junk embedded throughout the body of the email?
    • By typewriter
      I use jQuery and the jQueryUI slider widget to display a slider in FileMaker Pro (v17-17-18-19). Works fine but I also need to have it work on FileMaker Go, so I tried my luck on jQuery Mobile 1.4.5. The slider is working nicely on FileMaker Pro, but on FmGo 17, 18 or 19 it doesn't load, keeps displaying a spinning logo. When I publish the HTML page on a website and open it in Safari Mobile it works fine. Any help appreciated! See the example file: just downlaod it and open it on FMGo. The Webviewer and the HTML are displayed side by side.
    • By ggt667
      I can ping my PDF document server from Terminal, I can connect to the PDF document server from all browsers apart from Safari, my default web browser is FireFox, I also tried to change to Chromium and Opera as the default web browser. WebViewer has the same symptoms as Safari, server not found.
      $ ping -nc 1 document PING document ( 56 data bytes 64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=64 time=0.002 ms --- document ping statistics --- 1 packets transmitted, 1 packets received, 0.0% packet loss round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 0.002/0.002/0.002/0.000 ms FileMaker says ’Couldnot connect to the server.’
      The issues is easily solved by creating a new MacOS X user, and log in to that user, however I would rather like to fix the current user not having to migrate all other application settings. Is there some dns cache specific to Web Viewer and Safari?
    • By St3v1e
      As a complete novice to FMP, I'm attempting my very first database. We rely on storing our contracts on Google & Dropbox. I've been trying to either embed the pdf's into a "tab", or (my preferred option) to have an "Add URL" button to link to the online pdf.
      I tried adding a field and copying and pasting the URL, but it's not clickable, and I'd need to add another field for each pdf/contract.
      Is there a better more efficient way to do this?
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.