A pause and a resume button would also be nice, as humans are known to only be able to do one thing at a time, no matter what they claim
Your portal is ok. Portals are not just for reading data !
What road block is keeping it from working for you?
What you show, a list view or a portal are both possible layouts where you could see info for multiple activities at the same time that can each be started and stopped either separately or all as a group.
A pause button is a perfect idea!! I will add that for sure!
So help me understand.
Portals can be used to read and write data. The problem is, when I create the portal, I have to reference the other tables ie. Activities List, where I store the list of Activites, same for Processes etc. I want set up my relationship with the tables to allow the creation of records only to the LOG from the lists, but, when I do that nothing shows up in the portal. I have to make the relationship write both ways, and I don't want that. Also when I do that I can choose the "Activities" In the portal, but all the "Processes" and "Units" will all mirror the last one selected. Meaning if I change Process to "Set Cages" they all get changed to set cages...
I don't what to just view the data. I want to write the data to the Daily Log. Can that be done with a portal?
Yes, the primary use for a portal is to enable the user to edit data in multiple related records from the context of the parent (Layout's) record.
You can use a portal OR a list view to get a group of records to view and edit.
But what if, the records I am interested in haven't been created yet? Ah! Maybe that's what I have to do.
When a new daily entry is started:
- Create multiple empty records with the date.
- Allow the user to edit those records by adjusting the activity, process etc
- Allow the user to commit the changes by submitting the log.
What do you think about that?
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None of that should be a problem. If you need help with that, a good place to start is to clearly document what tables and relationships that you have in place for this task. We can then base our responses on that understanding and make recommendations on what changes to make to that set up if any such changes are needed.
Those relationships don't make a lot of sense to me for what you say that you want to do. How do you plan to use the activity, process and units tables?