Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu


  • Jessie KennedyEmail author
  • Alan Cannon
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_166


Forms-based interfaces


Paper-based forms are structured documents with empty slots that can be filled in by a user. In database systems, a form is an interface containing interaction elements that allow a user to input, update or query data in a database. Forms may also contain static displays of data taken from the database. Documents containing only structured query results and no interaction elements are generally referred to as reports rather than forms. Database interfaces comprising of a series of on-screen forms are referred to as forms-based interfaces.

Commonly a single form corresponds with one table in relational databases and one form instance corresponds with one record. More complex forms may contain or update data from multiple tables. Forms are also used to interact with other databases such as object-oriented or XML databases.

Forms can be designed and created using various visual programming tools such as: Forms specification languages; GUI...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Napier UniversityEdinburghUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Tiziana Catarci
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  1. 1.Dept. di Ingegneria Informatica, Automatica e GestionaleUniversita di RomaRomaItaly