Integrating the Smart Form into the Application


You trigger form printing by calling as few as two function modules. The first module uses the name of the form to determine the name of the generated function module. Then you call this module.

The name of the generated function module is unique only within one system. Therefore, you must always call that function module first that uses the form name to determine the current name of the generated module.


You defined the form interface in your form and activated the form.


  1. In the Form Builder call the function Environment ® Name of the function module and use STRG-Y and STRG-C to copy its name.
  2. In the application program define a variable of type RS38L_FNAM for the name of the generated function module:

    data fm_name type RS38L_FNAM .

    You can call the Smart Form in other parts of the application program as well. However, in that case you must make sure that the system can access the data to be passed from that location. We recommend to encapsulate the data retrieval in a function module as well.

  3. If desired, you can call the function module SSF_FIELD_LIST . It returns a list of the form parameters actually used in the form. You can use this information to limit data selection, if necessary.
  4. Call function module SSF_FUNCTION_MODULE_NAME . It returns the name of the generated function module:

    FORMNAME             = '<form name>'
    FM_NAME              = fm_name
    NO_FORM              = 1
    OTHERS               = 3.

   <error handling>

If the form is not active, SSF_FUNCTION_MODULE_NAME triggers the exception NO_FORM . There are two cases in which the function module generates an active version by itself:

  • After a transport into another system
  • After you changed the form interface of a previously activated form
  1. Call the generated function module. To do this, use the Insert Statement function for CALL FUNCTION in the ABAP Editor and use the name you copied in step 1 (to avoid having to copy all interface parameters manually). Then replace the function module name with the variable fm_name defined in step 2.

    CALL FUNCTION fm_name
    *   MAIL_APPL_OBJ =
    *   MAIL_SENDER =
    *   USER_SETTINGS = 'X'
        G_CARRID = <variable>
        G_CONNID = <variable>
        G_FLDATE = <variable>
        GT_SBOOK = <internal table>
        INTERNAL_ERROR = 2
        SEND_ERROR = 3
        USER_CANCELED = 4
        OTHERS = 5.

    IF SY-SUBRC <> 0.
       <error handling>

    In this example, three variables and an internal table are passed. The parameters G_CARRID , G_CONNID , G_FLDATA , and GT_SBOOK have been defined before in the form interface.

  2. In the interface, pass all data you want to transfer to the form.


The generated function module processes the form logic defined in the Smart Form. Its output is sent to spool processing.

As long as you do not change the form interface, you can make any changes to the form. When you activate it again, the system generates the current version of the form as soon as you call the function module. Only if you change the form interface, you must adapt the interface in the application program.