Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Auto-completing a Signature Capture Flow

Auto-completing a Signature Capture Flow

Introduction

One of the requests I’ve received from a couple of people around embedding Signature Capture is around automatically navigating once the signature has been captured. One request from the POV of users forgetting to click the Next/Finish button after saving the signature image, and one from the POV of not letting the user navigate further until they have captured a signature image. Luckily both of these can be handled via the same mechanism.

Taking Over the Flow Footer

Aura components that implement the lightning:availableForFlowScreens interface can manage navigation for the screen element they are embedded in. However, you do have to configure the screen so that the footer is hidden:

Once this is done, you have to control navigation via your aura component or the user will be stuck on that flow screen component for eternity.

Handling the Navigation

A lightning component that implements the lightning:availableForFlowScreens interface automatically receives the v.availableActions attribute, which lists the available navigation actions (prev/next etc). This is a collection of strings documented here. Executing a navigation action is as simple as accessing another implicit attribute, v.navigateFlow, and executing this with the desired action:

let navigate=component.get("v.navigateFlow");
navigate(‘FINISH');

Signature Capture With Navigation

In order to carry out the flow-specific navigation I’ve created a new component (SigCapFlowWithFinish). The component wraps an embedded SignatureCapture component and replicates its attributes so that these can be exposed in the flow builder. It also provides a handler for the SignatureCapturedEvt, fired when the user saves the signature image:

<aura:handler event="BGSIGCAP:SignatureCapturedEvt" action="{!c.handleCaptured}"/>

The handler for this event iterates the available actions and if it finds a next or previous, executes that. (Note that you can’t have both next and previous, so there’s no need to worry about ordering).

let flowAction=null;
let availableActions=component.get('v.availableActions');
for (let idx=0; idx<availableActions.length && null==flowAction; idx++) {
    let availAction=availableActions[idx];
    if ('NEXT'==availAction) {
        flowAction=availAction;
    }
    else if ('FINISH'==availAction) {
        flowAction=availAction
    }
}

if (null!=flowAction) {
    let navigate=component.get("v.navigateFlow");
    navigate(flowAction);
}

So when the user saves the signature, the flow auto-finishes or moves to the next element, and until they save the signature they can’t move forward. Here’s a quick video showing this for a flow launched from a contact record:

 

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You can find the component and it’s associated flow in the Signature Capture Samples repository, and here are direct links to the flow and component.

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