This section describes the different interaction flows for managing objects. These flows include create, edit, and delete. They can be used for all floorplans, depending on the use case and the type of object being processed, such as:

  • Simple object
  • Part of an object
  • Object with subpages – main page and subpages refer to different objects (for example, a sales order and contacts)
  • Object with subpages – main page and subpages refer to one object (for example, a sales order and sales order items)

The flows make use of forms, tables, and other controls. You can apply them to a full screen app, or as part of a split-screen layout. For all flows, you can also opt to incorporate draft handling.

If multiple objects (or parts of them) need to be edited simultaneously, be sure to also check out the article on mass editing.

The section on usage below provides an overview of each flow to help you choose the best one for your use case.

Responsiveness and Adaptiveness

The edit and create patterns reflect the responsive behavior of the forms and controls they use.


Use the simple flow to create, edit, or delete a whole page or object. If the object has subpages, use the local flow or global flow instead.

Use the partial flow if you want to let the user edit only part of an object (single sections or items). There are two variants:

  • Partial edit in place (recommended): A local Edit button makes the content editable. The basic layout remains unchanged.
  • Partial edit with dialog: The Edit button opens a dialog with the editable fields. Use this option if the layout in edit mode differs substantially from the layout in display mode.

Tip: If your page contains a lot of editable sections, consider switching the whole page to edit mode (simple flow).

Use the local flow or global flow if your object contains subpages:

  • Use the local flow with reference items if your system setup requires every subpage to be saved separately (for different objects, such as a sales order and contacts). To leave a subpage in edit mode, the user has to save the changes, or discard them (data loss message).
  • Use the global flow with subitems if you want to let the user navigate freely between the main page and multiple subpages in one editing session (for one object, such as a sales order as the main object with sales order items as closely related subpages). In this case, the subpages do not have an explicit Save button. Any changes to the subpages are saved automatically in the background (temporary save).  After editing, the user has to navigate back to the main page to save or discard the changes to all subpages.

Tip: If you want to keep unsaved changes for the local or global flows, you need to implement draft handling.

Managing objects - When to use what
Managing objects - When to use what


Want to dive deeper? Follow the links below to find out more about related controls, the SAPUI5 implementation, and the visual design.

Elements and Controls

  • Form (guidelines)