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You can assemble multiple XDP fragments into a single XDP document. For example, consider XDP fragments where each XDP file contains one or more subforms used to create a health form. The following illustration shows the outline view (represents the tuc018_template_flowed.xdp file used in the Assembling multiple XDP fragments quick start):

am_am_FormA

The following illustration shows the patient section (represents the tuc018_contact.xdp file used in the Assembling multiple XDP fragments quick start):

am_am_FormB

The following illustration shows the patient health section (represents the tuc018_patient.xdp file used in the Assembling multiple XDP fragments quick start):

am_am_FormC

This fragment contains two subforms named subPatientPhysical and subPatientHealth. Both of these sub forms are referenced in the DDX document that is passed to the Assembler service. Using the Assembler service, you can combine all of these XDP fragments into a single XDP document, as shown in the following illustration.

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The following DDX document assembles multiple XDP fragments into an XDP document.

 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> 
 <DDX xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/DDX/1.0/"> 
         <XDP result="tuc018result.xdp"> 
            <XDP source="tuc018_template_flowed.xdp"> 
             <XDPContent insertionPoint="ddx_fragment" source="tuc018_contact.xdp" fragment="subPatientContact" required="false"/> 
               <XDPContent insertionPoint="ddx_fragment" source="tuc018_patient.xdp" fragment="subPatientPhysical" required="false"/> 
               <XDPContent insertionPoint="ddx_fragment" source="tuc018_patient.xdp" fragment="subPatientHealth" required="false"/> 
            </XDP> 
         </XDP>         
 </DDX>

The DDX document contains an XDP result tag that specifies the name of the result. In this situation, the value is tuc018result.xdp. This value is referenced in the application logic that is used to retrieve the XDP document after the Assembler service returns the result. For example, consider the following Java application logic that is used to retrieve the assembled XDP document (notice the value is bolded):

 //Iterate through the map object to retrieve the result XDP document 
 for (Iterator i = allDocs.entrySet().iterator(); i.hasNext();) { 
     // Retrieve the Map object’s value 
     Map.Entry e = (Map.Entry)i.next(); 
                  
     //Get the key name as specified in the  
     //DDX document  
     String keyName = (String)e.getKey(); 
     if (keyName.equalsIgnoreCase("tuc018result.xdp")) 
                 {  
         Object o = e.getValue(); 
         outDoc = (Document)o; 
  
         //Save the result PDF file 
         File myOutFile = new File("C:\\AssemblerResultXDP.xdp");  
         outDoc.copyToFile(myOutFile); 
     } 
 }

The XDP source tag specifies the XDP file that represents a complete XDP document that can be used as a container for adding XDP fragments or as one of a number of documents that are appended together in order. In this situation, the XDP document is used only as a container (the first illustration shown in Assembling Multiple XDP Fragments). That is, the other XDP files are placed within the XDP container.

For each sub form, you can add an XDPContent element (this element is optional). In the above example, notice that there are three sub forms: subPatientContact, subPatientPhysical, and subPatientHealth. Both the subPatientPhysical subform and the subPatientHealth sub form are located in the same XDP file, tuc018_patient.xdp. The fragment element specifies the name of the sub form, as defined in Designer.

Note:

For more information about the Assembler service, see Services Reference for AEM Forms.

Note:

For more information about a DDX document, see Assembler Service and DDX Reference.

Summary of steps

To assemble multiple XDP fragments, perform the following tasks:

  1. Include project files.

  2. Create a PDF Assembler client.

  3. Reference an existing DDX document.

  4. Reference the XDP documents.

  5. Set run-time options.

  6. Assemble the multiple XDP documents.

  7. Retrieve the assembled XDP document.

Include project files

Include the necessary files in your development project. If you are creating a client application by using Java, include the necessary JAR files. If you are using web services, ensure that you include the proxy files.

The following JAR files must be added to your project’s class path:

  • adobe-livecycle-client.jar

  • adobe-usermanager-client.jar

  • adobe-assembler-client.jar

  • adobe-utilities.jar (required if AEM Forms is deployed on JBoss)

  • jbossall-client.jar (required if AEM Forms is deployed on JBoss)

Create a PDF Assembler client

Before you can programmatically perform an Assembler operation, create an Assembler service client.

Reference an existing DDX document

A DDX document must be referenced to assemble multiple XDP documents. This DDX document must contain XDP result, XDP source, and XDPContent elements.

Reference the XDP documents

To assemble multiple XDP documents, reference all XDP files that are used to assemble the result XDP document. Ensure that the name of the sub form contained in the XDP document that is referenced by the source attribute is specified in the fragment attribute. A sub form is defined in Designer. For example, consider the following XML.

 <XDPContent insertionPoint="ddx_fragment" source="tuc018_contact.xdp" fragment="subPatientContact" required="false"/>

The sub form named subPatientContact must be located in the XDP file named tuc018_contact.xdp.

Set run-time options

You can set run-time options that control the behavior of the Assembler service while it performs a job. For example, you can set an option that instructs the Assembler service to continue processing a job if an error is encountered.

Assemble the multiple XDP documents

To assemble multiple XDP files, call the invokeDDX operation. The Assembler service returns the assembled XDP document within a collection object.

Retrieve the assembled XDP document

An assembled XDP document is returned within a collection object. Iterate through the collection object and save the XDP document as an XDP file. You can also pass the XDP document to another AEM Forms service, such as Output.

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Assemble multiple XDP fragments using the Java API

Assemble multiple XDP fragments by using the Assembler Service API (Java):

  1. Include project files.

    Include client JAR files, such as adobe-assembler-client.jar, in your Java project’s class path.

  2. Create a PDF Assembler client.

    • Create a ServiceClientFactory object that contains connection properties.

    • Create an AssemblerServiceClient object by using its constructor and passing the ServiceClientFactory object.

  3. Reference an existing DDX document.

    • Create a java.io.FileInputStream object that represents the DDX document by using its constructor and passing a string value that specifies the location of the DDX file.

    • Create a com.adobe.idp.Document object by using its constructor and passing the java.io.FileInputStream object.

  4. Reference the XDP documents.

    • Create a java.util.Map object that is used to store input XDP documents by using a HashMap constructor.

    • Create a com.adobe.idp.Document object and pass the java.io.FileInputStream object that contains the input XDP file (repeat this task for each XDP file).

    • Add an entry to the java.util.Map object by invoking its put method and passing the following arguments:

      • A string value that represents the key name. This value must match the source element value specified in the DDX document (repeat this task for each XDP file).

      • A com.adobe.idp.Document object that contains the XDP document that corresponds to the source element (repeat this task for each XDP file).

  5. Set the run-time options.

    • Create an AssemblerOptionSpec object that stores run-time options by using its constructor.

    • Set run-time options to meet your business requirements by invoking a method that belongs to the AssemblerOptionSpec object. For example, to instruct the Assembler service to continue processing a job when an error occurs, invoke the AssemblerOptionSpec object’s setFailOnError method and pass false.

  6. Assemble the multiple XDP documents.

    Invoke the AssemblerServiceClient object’s invokeDDX method and pass the following required values:

    • A com.adobe.idp.Document object that represents the DDX document to use

    • A java.util.Map object that contains the input XDP files

    • A com.adobe.livecycle.assembler.client.AssemblerOptionSpec object that specifies the run-time options, including the default font and the job log level

    The invokeDDX method returns a com.adobe.livecycle.assembler.client.AssemblerResult object that contains the assembled XDP document.

  7. Retrieve the assembled XDP document.

    To obtain the assembled XDP document, perform the following actions:

    • Invoke the AssemblerResult object’s getDocuments method. This method returns a java.util.Map object.

    • Iterate through the java.util.Map object until you find the resultant com.adobe.idp.Document object.

    • Invoke the com.adobe.idp.Document object’s copyToFile method to extract the assembled XDP document.

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Assemble multiple XDP fragments using the web service API

Assemble multiple XDP fragments by using the Assembler Service API (web service):

  1. Include project files.

    Create a Microsoft .NET project that uses MTOM. Ensure that you use the following WSDL definition when setting a service reference:

     http://localhost:8080/soap/services/AssemblerService?WSDL&lc_version=9.0.1.

    Note:

    Replace localhost with the IP address of the server hosting AEM Forms.

  2. Create a PDF Assembler client.

    • Create an AssemblerServiceClient object by using its default constructor.

    • Create an AssemblerServiceClient.Endpoint.Address object by using the System.ServiceModel.EndpointAddress constructor. Pass a string value that specifies the WSDL to the AEM Forms service, such as http://localhost:8080/soap/services/AssemblerService?blob=mtom). You do not need to use the lc_version attribute. This attribute is used when you create a service reference.

    • Create a System.ServiceModel.BasicHttpBinding object by getting the value of the AssemblerServiceClient.Endpoint.Binding field. Cast the return value to BasicHttpBinding.

    • Set the System.ServiceModel.BasicHttpBinding object’s MessageEncoding field to WSMessageEncoding.Mtom. This value ensures that MTOM is used.

    • Enable basic HTTP authentication by performing the following tasks:

      • Assign the AEM forms user name to the AssemblerServiceClient.ClientCredentials.UserName.UserName field.

      • Assign the corresponding password value to the AssemblerServiceClient.ClientCredentials.UserName.Password field.

      • Assign the HttpClientCredentialType.Basic constant value to the BasicHttpBindingSecurity.Transport.ClientCredentialType field.

      • Assign the BasicHttpSecurityMode.TransportCredentialOnly constant value to the BasicHttpBindingSecurity.Security.Mode field.

  3. Reference an existing DDX document.

    • Create a BLOB object by using its constructor. The BLOB object is used to store the DDX document.

    • Create a System.IO.FileStream object by invoking its constructor and passing a string value that represents the file location of the DDX document and the mode in which to open the file.

    • Create a byte array that stores the content of the System.IO.FileStream object. You can determine the size of the byte array by getting the System.IO.FileStream object’s Length property.

    • Populate the byte array with stream data by invoking the System.IO.FileStream object’s Read method. Pass the byte array, starting position, and stream length to read.

    • Populate the BLOB object by assigning its MTOM property with the contents of the byte array.

  4. Reference the XDP documents.

    • For each input XDP file, create a BLOB object by using its constructor. The BLOB object is used to store the input file.

    • Create a System.IO.FileStream object by invoking its constructor and passing a string value that represents the file location of the input file and the mode in which to open the file.

    • Create a byte array that stores the content of the System.IO.FileStream object. You can determine the size of the byte array by getting the System.IO.FileStream object’s Length property.

    • Populate the byte array with stream data by invoking the System.IO.FileStream object’s Read method. Pass the byte array, starting position, and stream length to read.

    • Populate the BLOB object by assigning its MTOM field with the contents of the byte array.

    • Create a MyMapOf_xsd_string_To_xsd_anyType object. This collection object is used to store input files required to create an assembled XDP document.

    • For each input file, create a MyMapOf_xsd_string_To_xsd_anyType_Item object.

    • Assign a string value that represents the key name to the MyMapOf_xsd_string_To_xsd_anyType_Item object's key field. This value must match the value of the element specified in the DDX document. (Perform this task for each input XDP file.)

    • Assign the BLOB object that stores the input file to the MyMapOf_xsd_string_To_xsd_anyType_Item object's value field. (Perform this task for each input XDP file.)

    • Add the MyMapOf_xsd_string_To_xsd_anyType_Item object to the MyMapOf_xsd_string_To_xsd_anyType object. Invoke the MyMapOf_xsd_string_To_xsd_anyType object's Add method and pass the MyMapOf_xsd_string_To_xsd_anyType object. (Perform this task for each input XDP document.)

  5. Set run-time options.

    • Create an AssemblerOptionSpec object that stores run-time options by using its constructor.

    • Set run-time options to meet your business requirements by assigning a value to a data member that belongs to the AssemblerOptionSpec object. For example, to instruct the Assembler service to continue processing a job when an error occurs, assign false to the AssemblerOptionSpec object’s failOnError data member.

  6. Assemble the multiple XDP documents.

    Invoke the AssemblerServiceClient object’s invokeDDX method and pass the following values:

    • A BLOB object that represents the DDX document

    • The MyMapOf_xsd_string_To_xsd_anyType object that contains the required files

    • An AssemblerOptionSpec object that specifies run-time options

    The invokeDDX method returns an AssemblerResult object that contains the results of the job and any exceptions that occurred.

  7. Retrieve the assembled XDP document.

    To obtain the newly created XDP document, perform the following actions:

    • Access the AssemblerResult object’s documents field, which is a Map object that contains the resultant PDF documents.

    • Iterate through the Map object to obtain each resultant document. Then, cast that array member’s value to a BLOB.

    • Extract the binary data that represents the PDF document by accessing its BLOB object’s MTOM property. This returns an array of bytes that you can write out to an XDP file.

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