Using the Web Screen Painter (WSP)

Web Screen Painter (WSP) is a component of the CA SDM that provides tools for designing and customizing CA SDM forms. You can modify the existing forms to suit your needs, and you can create forms from scratch. WSP helps you reduce the time and effort it takes to modify and test HTMPL forms. With customized forms, your service desk analysts and customers can quickly find and enter the information that is important to your organization.
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Web Screen Painter (WSP) is a component of the CA SDM that provides tools for designing and customizing CA SDM forms. You can modify the existing forms to suit your needs, and you can create forms from scratch. WSP helps you reduce the time and effort it takes to modify and test HTMPL forms. With customized forms, your service desk analysts and customers can quickly find and enter the information that is important to your organization.
With WSP, it is also very easy to modify the database schema, such as adding new tables or columns to the database. It provides a user-friendly interface and automates the complex process of updating a schema. Using WSP, you can build and test forms using custom schema before making any changes to the database.
Readonly Preview Session
In order to allow you to preview how an updated form looks with real data, Web Screen Painter (WSP) previews forms with data from your CA SDM database. Forms you preview in WSP appear in this browser window. Since this is a readonly session, all update operations are ignored. As a reminder of this, the caption of all "Save" buttons is changed to "noSave". Please use WSP itself to logout from this session.
For detail forms, WSP shows the edit version of a form (you can display the readonly version by pressing the noSave button). When you preview a tab, WSP shows the entire detail form containing the tab, with the notebook opened to the previewed tab.
To prevent inadvertent damage to production data from a previewed form in edit mode, WSP normally suppresses updates from a preview session, so that you cannot modify the database from a preview session. To indicate this, WSP automatically changes the text on a "Save" button to "noSave", and displays a small red WSP palette in the upper left corner of the form. You can still press the noSave button (or take other actions that would normally modify the database), but CA SDM will discard your changes.
Optionally, your CA SDM system administrator may choose to enable updates from preview. When this is done, "Save" buttons are displayed normally, and the WSP palette is yellow. You should be cautious when updating the database from a preview session, as WSP preview sometimes bypasses the normal procedure for reaching a form, and the form's environment may not be completely set up. To ensure updates work correctly, return to the CA SDM main form and navigate to your form as you normally would in a standard (non-preview) CA SDM session. For more information about enabling updates from the preview session, see Assign Web Screen Painter Permissions to an Access Type.