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3. Entry and Navigation > 24. Confirm Record Updates Before Saving

Confirm Record Updates Before Saving

Give users a chance to review their edits before they save a record.

When you’re working on a bound form, as you scroll through records, data changes are saved automatically. This behavior is normal and is often appreciated rather than questioned. However, sometimes it is prudent to interrupt this process and let a user review her work. Once the update happens, the original data is gone, unless other measures, such as backups, are in place.

One thing that works in our favor to control this is the Before Update event. By hooking into this event, you can ask the user whether she wants to complete the update. If the answer is no, you undo the changes.

Users should control whether they want to be prompted to confirm changes because the prompts can become annoying. A user might want this feature sometimes but not other times. Figure 3-20 shows a form with a checkbox in the upper-right section that acts as a flag indicating whether to confirm updates.


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