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Making document title a link to actual document

Thread began 4/20/2010 2:55 pm by cnandrews291194 | Last modified 4/23/2010 3:11 pm by Eric Mittman | 868 views | 5 replies |


Making document title a link to actual document

Howdy -

First, great job to WA on the integration between the DataAssist and Digital File Pro extensions - they've been great to work with, and save me a ton of work.

I've created a very simple document-management page that enables users to upload a file (.xls, .doc, .pdf, etc.) into a table. I'd like to have the Results page not only show the contents of the upload table, but to enable the document title as a link that would open the document (opening the 'Open with...' dialog that we all know and love).

I'm not much of a programmer, so please don't assume too much.

Thanks in advance --


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Eric Mittman

Have you tried applying the download server behavior to your results page? The server behavior is pretty simple, you tell it where the file is and what file to download and when the trigger occurs it will attempt to download that file from the location specified. Weather the user opens or saves the file will depend on how they have their browser setup, but this will initiate the process.

I would suggest that you add it to a test page first to get an idea of how it works. If you want to include it on your results page you would need to decide how you want things to work first.

If you know the page is secure and you just need that specific file to download you can add the file name as a parameter to the link that the user clicks on, then use this parameter in the download server behavior for the file name. The link might look like this:

<a href="results.php?filename=<the name of the file>">the link</a>

Then in the Download server behavior you would use the lightning bolt icon to set the value for the file name like this:


Please post back with any questions that you have about any part of this.

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Further clarification

Hi Eric -

I appreciate your reply, and have tried the behavior, but no dice. I'm attaching the page this displays on, and the code below.

As you can see from the browser page, the row repeat is fine, etc. - the problem now is that each of the documents repeats on each row of the table.




<?php require_once('../Connections/CMM.php'); ?>
if (!function_exists("GetSQLValueString")) {
function GetSQLValueString($theValue, $theType, $theDefinedValue = "", $theNotDefinedValue = "")
if (PHP_VERSION < 6) {
$theValue = get_magic_quotes_gpc() ? stripslashes($theValue) : $theValue;

$theValue = function_exists("mysql_real_escape_string") ? mysql_real_escape_string($theValue) : mysql_escape_string($theValue);

switch ($theType) {
case "text":
$theValue = ($theValue != "") ? "'" . $theValue . "'" : "NULL";
case "long":
case "int":
$theValue = ($theValue != "") ? intval($theValue) : "NULL";
case "double":
$theValue = ($theValue != "") ? doubleval($theValue) : "NULL";
case "date":
$theValue = ($theValue != "") ? "'" . $theValue . "'" : "NULL";
case "defined":
$theValue = ($theValue != "") ? $theDefinedValue : $theNotDefinedValue;
return $theValue;

$maxRows_DOCUMENTS = 10;
$pageNum_DOCUMENTS = 0;
if (isset($_GET['pageNum_DOCUMENTS'])) {
$pageNum_DOCUMENTS = $_GET['pageNum_DOCUMENTS'];
$startRow_DOCUMENTS = $pageNum_DOCUMENTS * $maxRows_DOCUMENTS;

mysql_select_db($database_CMM, $CMM);
$query_limit_DOCUMENTS = sprintf("%s LIMIT %d, %d", $query_DOCUMENTS, $startRow_DOCUMENTS, $maxRows_DOCUMENTS);
$DOCUMENTS = mysql_query($query_limit_DOCUMENTS, $CMM) or die(mysql_error());
$row_DOCUMENTS = mysql_fetch_assoc($DOCUMENTS);

if (isset($_GET['totalRows_DOCUMENTS'])) {
$totalRows_DOCUMENTS = $_GET['totalRows_DOCUMENTS'];
} else {
$all_DOCUMENTS = mysql_query($query_DOCUMENTS);
$totalRows_DOCUMENTS = mysql_num_rows($all_DOCUMENTS);
$totalPages_DOCUMENTS = ceil($totalRows_DOCUMENTS/$maxRows_DOCUMENTS)-1;
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
<html xmlns="">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<title>Table Content</title>
<style type="text/css">
font-family: "Trebuchet MS", Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
font-size: .8em;
line-height: 2em;

<form id="form1" name="form1" method="post" action="">
<table width="100%" class="SMALL_TEXT">
<td>UPLOAD DATE</td>
<td>FIRST NAME</td>
<td>LAST NAME</td>
<?php do { ?>
<td><?php echo $row_DOCUMENTS['DOCNAME']; ?></td>
$dir_handle = @opendir($path) or die("Unable to open $path");
echo "Directory Listing of $path<br/>";
while($file = readdir($dir_handle)) {
if(is_dir($file)) {

else if($file != '.' && $file != '..') {
echo "<a href='plugins/$path/$file'>$file</a><br/>";
//closing the directory
<td><?php echo $row_DOCUMENTS['UPLOAD_DATE']; ?></td>
<td><?php echo $row_DOCUMENTS['FNAME']; ?></td>
<td><?php echo $row_DOCUMENTS['LNAME']; ?></td>
<td><?php echo $row_DOCUMENTS['DEPARTMENT']; ?></td>
<td><?php echo $row_DOCUMENTS['CATEGORY']; ?></td>
<?php } while ($row_DOCUMENTS = mysql_fetch_assoc($DOCUMENTS)); ?>

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Eric Mittman

It looks like your loop is occurring for each row that you have. The reason you have the same entries for each row is because the you are looping over the directory contents for each row.

I'm including an example of how a page like this could be setup using a recordset, repeat region, and a separate download page based on the link from the results page. Please check these out to get an idea for how you could setup the listing and download pages.

When I created the results page I just added a recordset to select all of the records in my uploads table. Next I added the file name binding to the page to display it. I then added the link to the download page around the bindings. Next I added in the "?file=<?php echo $row_Recordset1['filename']; ?> to the url in the link. The last part was to select the display that I crafted and apply the repeat region to it. This made it show an entry for each record in my db.

Then on the download page I added the download server behavior, selected the directory and for the file name I set it to this:

<?php $_GET['file'?>

Please post back with any questions that you have about this.

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cornrows pcal

Eric -

Great details - I really appreciate your help.

I'll give this a shot this weekend and let you know.

Thanks again,

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Eric Mittman

Sounds good, I definitely think this is the cleanest and easiest way to get this type of download setup. Let us know if you have any questions about any part of it.

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