1. Simple page layout using the new
graphical Form Painter
2. Additional Improvements
From Release 4.0, new tools are available that make it
considerably easier for you to create and modify forms.
1. The graphical Form
From Release 4.0, you can edit
SAPscript forms using the new graphical Form Painter as well as the
old alphanumeric Form Painter.
The graphical Form Painter combines
the previous layout for pages, windows and page windows under one
title "page layout". Within the design area (which corresponds to a
page), you can position print areas (for example, for addresses,
senders, purchase order items) with the mouse and change them (drag
& drop). The grid alignment facilitates the page layout. You
can choose both the grid increment and the zoom factor.
You can create the output area texts
in the new PC editor and by switching the view, you can display the
overall view of it in the Form Painter.
a) How do I start the graphical Form
In the Form Painter initial screen
(Tools - Word processing - Form ), you
can choose between the new graphical Form Painter and the previous
alphanumeric Form Painter by choosing Settings ->
b) How does the new interface
If you choose either Page
layout in the Form Painter initial screen or the
Layout pushbutton in the Form Painter,
the screen displays two windows:
In the original window, the administration screen, you can see the
page and window data, as well as various editing and display
functions. In addition, the system displays a second window, the
design window. Here you can use the mouse to design the page
The administration screen and the design window are constantly
synchronized as soon as an action is executed on one of
The design window
corresponds to a page of the form.
From the administration screen, you can assign two different modes
to the design window. Choose Design /
Text to assign either design or text mode.
In text mode, the system displays the text elements of the
individual windows. You can display the whole text by scrolling in
the window. This text is read-only. To edit it, branch to the
editor by choosing Text on the administration screen.
In design mode, you can use the mouse to position the windows,
change the window size or select a window for editing.
The administration screen
On the administration screen, you
edit the different pages and their windows in two structured areas.
The system also displays the most important menu functions as
The page area:
Use the combobox to display all pages defined in the form. You can
change between the pages using either the combobox or the group of
three pushbuttons Start page,
Next page and
You create, copy, rename and delete pages using the usual
pushbuttons. When copying a page, the system copies all windows and
their text elements.
To change page attributes such as next page, type of page numbering
etc, choose Other attributes.
The window area:
Use the combobox to display a list of all windows on the current
page. the current page. To switch to another window, select the
window from the combobox or click on the window in the design
To delete windows on the current page, choose the
Delete pushbutton. If the window does not
appear on any other page, the system deletes it completely.
To remove individual windows from the current page, choose
Cut. The system stores the object in the
clipboard. To insert the object on any page of the form, choose
Paste. The clipboard stores the text elements, the window size and
To copy individual windows to the clipboard, choose the
Copy. To insert them on any page, choose
Paste. The system copies all windows
including their text elements, sizes and positions.
When pasting a window, the system keeps the name of the window
unless the window already exists on the page. If so, the system
assigns a default name.
Align windows with the grid
To align all windows positioned on one page automatically with the
closest grid tab, choose Align to
To edit the text elements of the windows, choose
Text. The system branches to the line
editor or to the WYSIWYG PC editor, depending on the setting
(SO10). In the editor you can switch between these two editors by
choosing Goto -> Change
According to experience, the greatest
difficulties arise when inserting new fields into customer-specific
In Release 4.0, the SAPscript text editor provides a Possible
entries pushbutton for all DDIC fields or global data from a
specified print program that can be included. However, this alone
is not always sufficient, as each table field or each variable from
this program is filled with a value.
Here you should refer to the form documentation that is available
for all forms that are used regularly. On the Form Painter initial
screen, choose Documentation then
Display), or choose Goto
-> Documentation in the Form Painter.
Refer to the online Help for details on form documentation.
b) Navigation help for
If you are editing texts for a form
window, you can use the input and
navigation help (refer to the appropriate Release
Notes) for program symbols.
You can either check all form texts
using the Form Painter, or you can use the editor to check that the
SAPscript control commands for each screen have the correct
syntax (refer to the appropriate Release Notes).
Graphical Form Painter: Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0