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Does anyone know the standard way of doing this.

I have a web for mthat display a stock information. Now i want to add another field to upload a PDF document for that stock item.

I can add this field to let user upload file
Please specify a file,:<br>
<input type="file" name="datafile" size="40">

But my question is related for Updates in case there is a document for that part and user may want to see it or update it.

Would you display a URL to download document and a field so that user can upload a different one.
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Gurvinder Pal Singh earned 2000 total points
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you would rather just give a preview of previous document, and give a field to upload a document to replace the existing one.

Let me know if i am missing something
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DO you have a webpage or a link that demonstrates that design.

I cant show the existing document since it is a PDF file. I can show a link that downloads it if there is a document. Then i guess i should add another upload field where user can select different file. This field i Beleive usually is empty even if there is a document stored in DB.
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by:Gurvinder Pal Singh
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<<I cant show the existing document since it is a PDF file>>
you can. Just add the following iframe above that upload control

<iframe src="abc.pdf"/>
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by:sam15
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Not sure if i want to use frames as they have issues with 508 compliance and screen readers.
Also, the PDF file is stored on the server in a database table (not client machine). I run a download routine for that that opens up the file in the browser or user can save it to his desktop,

The PDF is a stock drawing specs (showing part internals). I do not think I want to show it unless user asks for it. Rememeber this is a screen/webpage that shows you 30 other fields about a stock item (stock number, category, description, issue date, etc.).

I was thinking of showing a URL/Button for the file/drawing. If user wants to see the PDF he clicks it and it opens another window for PDF. If user want to replace/update the PDF file with something else he can click "BROWSE" button and upload another file from his desktop.

Is not this the standard screen design for this kind of thing?
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<<I was thinking of showing a URL/Button for the file/drawing. If user wants to see the PDF he clicks it and it opens another window for PDF. If user want to replace/update the PDF file with something else he can click "BROWSE" button and upload another file from his desktop.>>

Ok, that would be another option, but that would need the user to make one extra click. But if that is the way you want to go about it, then you can go ahead, since you aren't sure that if iframes has any issues with 508 compliance and screen readers.

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Do you have a sample page of a frame showing a PDF document and the HTML form showing other fields? I never saw that before.
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