Desired form submission workflow:

  • User A fills out a form, along with an email address for User B
  • User A submits the form, which then notifies User B by email of a request to complete and approve the form
  • User B clicks a link in the notification email and is able to complete (and approve) User A's submission

User B would actually be adding extra data to the form, not just "approving" it.

What are your ideas for ways to accomplish such a multi-part form? Are there any modules (besides webform) that could assist with this type of form logic? Would you base this on webform, or Drupal 7's forms API?

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All you need is D7 forms API if you are comfortable writing PHP. There are several ways you could go about it. One assumes that the e-mail address of User B is the same e-mail they used to create their Drupal account. You'll need to store the result of User A's submission in a database somehow. Depends if you are already storing data from the DB or not. If not you can use variable_set() to store the e-mail address in one of Drupal's core tables and then variable_get() to retrieve it.

The idea is to save whatever user A stores to the DB after filling out the form. In your form definition, at the top check to see if that value is there. If so, you know user A has completed his part, next step is to check the user accessing this form. If their e-mail address matches the e-mail supplied during user A's part then you display user B's part of the form.

  • Thanks for your comment. I should probably have clarified that User B is actually an anonymous user, and not a drupal user, but your logic fits what I was thinking.
    – jwal
    Jun 6, 2011 at 0:57
  • You probably don't want to do that with variable_set()/variable_get() it'd really be abusing that system. You should create a database table—or if you just need something temporary—a cache table.
    – drewish
    Jul 19, 2012 at 19:22

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