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Often when making websites, I will create an HTML form object that I will use in two places: once on a page that allows a user to add a new object, and once on a page that allows a user to edit existing objects.

What is a word that describes such a form? It isn't so much a management form, since managing implies that the object is already created. It isn't a creation form, since that implies we are only making new ones.

More generally, it's common to have a workflow capable of adding new data and editing existing data. Is there a common English word or phrase to describe such workflows clearly?

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In webdev, this is called an upsert form-- a portmanteau of insert and update.

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In SQL the term upsert is common as well. But I think it would be unfamiliar to a typical business user. I'd be interested if anyone knows a non-technical equivalent to upsert. –  mdahlman Nov 30 '13 at 22:46

Simply referring to it as a data-entry form may be a solution that conveys the non-specific nature of the form.

To @Cerberus' point, adding some additional detail specific to what the form is creating or editing would provide additional context for the users:

The customer records data-entry form has all the fields I need...

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How about CRUD form ? More info from wikipedia:

In computer programming, create, read, update and delete (CRUD) are the four basic functions of persistent storage. Sometimes CRUD is expanded with the words retrieve instead of read or destroy instead of delete. It is also sometimes used to describe user interface conventions that facilitate viewing, searching, and changing information; often using computer-based forms and reports. The term was likely first popularized by James Martin in a 1983 book titled "Managing the Data-base Environment"

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How about Content Processing form?

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You are trying to find a word to describe to different actions: creating and editing. What do they have in common that is reasonably unique to this pair? If you can think of something, use that; if not, it is impossible, and you should use a composite name, like "create and edit". But my guess is that you are using a certain function in this form that is used for both actions: can you describe this function, and pick out a descriptive word from that?

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The common action is doing manipulating the data. So perhaps if we are making widgets, it could be WidgetManipulationForm, WidgetHandlerForm, or WidgetOperationForm. –  dvcolgan Jan 10 '12 at 3:37
    
@dvcolgan: Well, if that is the only similarity between the two, then your examples sound appropriate. –  Cerberus Jan 10 '12 at 3:47

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