Configure an Edit Layer to fulfill one precondition for providing editing functionality in the WebOffice 10.9 SP1 clients.


Be aware that in order to make editing functionality available in WebOffice 10.9 SP1 you need

a valid WebOffice 10.9 SP1 advanced license (including the web editing module)

at least one layer from an ArcSDE geodatabase that is configured as an edit layer

a configured and activated Editing tool



WebOffice 10.9 SP1 editing is tightly integrated with WebOffice usermanagement. In UserManagement Admin Web you can, e.g. configure a client ID for a user group in order to automatically set the value of the client ID field in the edit layer for this object when the user creates the object. Find more information in chapters WebOffice User Management and UserManagement Admin Web.

If you edit into a versioned feature class then WebOffice 10.9 SP1 automatically performs the edits into the version used for the layer in the served ArcMap document. This way edits can be immediately displayed in the map service.

It is possible to edit on a feature class with a different geographic projection then the main map service (the Edit Layer will get reprojected on-the-fly by ArcGIS). Anyway, there may be some precision problems depending on the projection parameters. Therefore, it is recommended to edit on feature classes only that have the same projection like the main map used for display.

Editing features of a layer that has a joined table or layer in ArcMap is supported. However, please consider that the fields of the joined table cannot be used as edit fields.

Please be aware, that editing a Table View is not possible.


Edit layers configuration

Edit layers configuration


The edit layer configuration specifies in which way you want to edit on a specific layer of a map service. Therefore, it may contain the subsequent list of child elements:

Editing Fields specify the attribute fields the user may edit

List of Lookup Definitions specifies the lookup values visible in the WebOffice 10.9 SP1 clients

List of Available Edit Actions specifies which edit actions will be available for the user

Snap Layers specify the available snap layers for this edit layer

Integrated Editing Application enables users to do attribute edits in an application different from WebOffice 10.9 SP1 clients

Copy from Layers specifies all layers available in the Copy from edit action to copy objects from a layer to the edit layer

Layers (with Templates) specifies to control the layers available as template layers for the edit action Copy from template'

Object Assignment Layers specify the layers to be used as source layers for object assignment

Object Assignment layers (topological) specify the layers to be used as source layers for topological object assignment

Edit Type defined by feature allows to restrict the editable geometry or attributes by a specific feature field

GPS Attributes makes it possible to save positioning information via editing

GUID field



If no Editing fields are configured, then users can change the object geometry only.

In WebOffice 10.9 SP1 it is not necessary to configure editing fields if the fields get edited using an Integrated Editing Application.

If ArcGIS Server Workgroup is used then no edit user can be configured. Instead the corresponding operating system user is used automatically.




Layer ID

Layer ID of the edit layer in the used map service.

Alias name of edit layer

Alias name for edit layer (for user interface edit layer drop down list box).

Usage hint

Short usage hint that will be displayed in the top right corner.


This parameter is WebOffice flex client and WebOffice flex (flash) client specific.

Edit mode

Edit mode:

Attributes + Geometry: Attributes and geometry of the object get edited

Attributes: Only attribute data of the object gets edited. The user is not able to change the geometry of the object at all

Geometry: Only geometry of the object gets edited


Geometry can be used for example as a construction supply layer. A construction supply layer contains construction supply points and basically must have a Feature class with point geometry as a background.

Attributes + limited Geometry (Split, Multipart explode, Multipart merge): Attribute data of the objects can be edited and a limited support for changing the geometry is allowed (geometry edit actions: split, multipart explode, multipart merge)

Defined by Feature


With the WebOffice mobile client, geometry editing is only supported for point feature class (no MultiPoint Features).

Default edit layer?

Specifies the default edit layer.


If multiple edit layers are configured as default edit layer, then the first edit layer in the list is used as default edit layer.

Show layer symbols?

Specifies if the Symbology defined in the Edit-Template should be shown as Preview for the selected layer in the the Edit Form.


Layer symbols of an edit layer can only be shown if the used edit layer is a Feature Service.

Provide direct editing?

Specifies if the user can edit a created feature directly by a button click (Yes) or not (No, Default).

Map View for edit layer

Specifies a specific map view/representation model to be displayed when choosing the edit layer. If no map view is configured then the current map does not get changed at all and the map does not get updated when selecting the edit layer.


If you want to assure a specific map view when the user is about to start editing, then use this option.

External ID

External ID used in parametrized calls to WebOffice 10.9 SP1 for identifying the edit layer.


External layer IDs may not contain spaces or special characters. Only combinations of the following letters and numbers are permitted or are intended to be used:

A to Z (uppercase letters)

A to z (lowercase letters)

0 to 9 (numeric characters)

Pixel tolerance for vertex selection

Pixel tolerance for vertex selection controls how sensitive selection of vertex points using the mouse pointer is. If the mouse pointer is within this distance of an object vertex point, then the user is able to select the vertex point.


Support for doing simple dimensioning. Only effects the creation of polylines. If used (Yes) only two-point dimensioning per working step is supported. This also impacts several construction tools. Optionally chain dimensions can be created.

Use UM editing config?

If Yes is configured, the Editing Configuration for User Management is being used for this edit layer, provided that is has been configured in the application configuration under Common > UserManagement.

If No is configured, the meta data (such as create time stamp, create user, change time stamp, change user) of an edit action are not being saved.

Also, the functionality of a logical delete is disabled, that means that objects of this layer will be deleted physically.


Configuring No allows editing on this layer in the case that Editing configuration for UserManagement is present, but the current edit layer does not provide the columns that are necessary to store the meta data.

Use Multiple Object Editing?

Specifies whether editing of object attributes for an object selection (multiple objects) is possible for the user. Editing multiple object attributes at once (one interaction) may increase user efficiency considerably.


The selection field in the Object key column of the editing mask always shows the first field of the layer which comes after field OBJECTID. However, the displayed field can be changed to ArcGIS Desktop in the layer properties on the Display tab (display expression). See ArcGIS online help for more details.

Split to segments

Specifies whether polylines should be automatically split into segments (Yes) or not (No).

Simple editing?

Simple editing having less controls in the edit tool form in the WebOffice 10.9 SP1 client.

The following functions are no longer available or restricted:

- no Vertex Geometry button
- no Construction button
- no Edit Geometry button -> always Yes

- no Undo button ('Reset editing remains)
- no Snap Layer(s)
- no output of length / area
- no context menu on vertex
- context menu on a line only for further processing

Ignore check consistency on lookups on create'

When true is configured the check consistency flag will be evaluated only on edit action edit / update

When false is configured the check consistency will also be evaluated on edit action create


The edit action Copy from (template and layer) behaves like create'

Explode Multipart Mode

Defines the result of the edit action Explode Multipart to the edit layer.



All parts of multipart-feature become separate Features (even holes)



Holes as well as islands within holes get removed, only the outermost parts become separate features



Features containing holes stay multipart-features, islands within such holes however become separate features




Results of the Explode Multipart Modes



If no Edit fields are configured, users can change the object geometry only.

In WebOffice it is not necessary to configure Edit fields if the fields get edited using an integrated external application.

If ArcGIS Server Workgroup is used, no edit user can be configured. Instead, automatically the corresponding operating system user will be used.

Editing operations will use a feature layer if provided.

Vertex geometry for more than one point?

The user can have more than one Point in his upload vertex file. These points, when uploaded, will be created for the same set of attributes. This functionality is only used for point layers.

Objects must be adjacent for merging?

If activated (true) the merging of objects that are not adjacent is not possible.

If deactivated (No) (default value) the contour of the union of the selected objects will be used as resulting geometry in such cases.


This setting is only used for the edit action Merge of single part objects.

Apply UserManagement filters on value lists?

If activated (true) the UserManagement Filters will be applied on the value lists in the edit form. The filters are not being applied on the value lists which were defined on a field in the WebOffice author standalone.

Keep object position?

Determines whether the end user can move the position of objects during the editing action Copy from.

Edit from map widget only?

If true the editing of this layer is only from WebOffice map widget possible.

Edit layer properties



See chapter Editing for details about the tool configuration in WebOffice author standalone.

See chapter Editing for details about editing in the WebOffice core client.

See chapter Editing for details about editing in the WebOffice flex client.

See chapter Edit Feature for details about editing in the WebOffice mobile client.