For situations, where the company and
product information in a PAD file is not sufficient,
PAD concept introduces a process to extend the default
dataset by custom fields.
PAD Extensions support is
part of the PAD Specification . A PAD Extension is a
additional data fields that will be added to PAD files
within a separate XML node. A PAD Extension is defined
within a single HTML file including a form
of the extension. Anyone may define a PAD Extension,
registration with the ASP is required to avoid naming
conflicts. If you plan to create a PAD Extension, see
for the Specification for PAD Extension Creation.
generation tools need to support PAD Extensions by
implementing plug-in capabilities to display an input
for each extension, validate the input, and add the
the resulting PAD file. If you plan to implement PAD
Extension support within your PAD generation tool, see
below for the Specification for PAD Extension
into PAD Generation Tools.
is very generic, see below for some Examples.
list of PAD Extensions see the PAD Extensions
Specification for PAD Extension Creation
Extension is defined within the HTML document format
Although HTML is used, PAD Extensions are not subject
displayed in web browsers). The following rules have to
respected when creating a PAD Extension:
Extension needs to have an exclusive name, the
identifier. The extension identifier has to be one
only containing the characters A-Z, a-z, the numbers 0-
and the _ underscore, no blanks. To ensure that an
extension identifier is really unique, reservation with
ASP is required. Contact PAD Support to reserve your
identifier. This will ensure that your identifier is
yet used by someone else, and will not be issued twice.
The extension needs to be stored in a file named
The extension file must
valid HTML 3.2 file, using the , and tags correctly.
The tag within the needs to contain the exact
The needs to contain a .
tag does not need to have any attributes (like ACTION).
must not contain a submit button.
Within the form,
there needs to be a tag with the attribute NAME set
to "[extension identifier]_FORM" and the VALUE set
Within the form, there needs to be a tag with the
attribute NAME set to "[extension identifier]
and the VALUE set to a brief, one-line description of
extension's purpose. The description will show up on
PAD Extensions Directory .
Within the form, there
to be a tag with the attribute NAME set to "[extension
identifier]_VERSION" and the VALUE set to the version
the extension. The version should be incremented on
to the extension.
Within the form, there needs to
tag with the attribute NAME set to "[extension
specific or "Program" if it is program information
specific. If the scope is both company and program
specific, "Program" should be set. PAD generation tools
that support saving company information to a central
so it does not . The second one has
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