A string such as "S_PERSON_NAME" that identifies the target control in the context of a web page. USoft has created a default way of identifying controls, keeping human readability in mind, and avoiding generated numbers.
The reference name of a control appears in the generated HTML as the value of the testref HTML attribute.
Roughly, the reference name of a database-related input control is made up of:
•A prefix: S_ for search control, E_ for single-record edit control, ME_ for multi-record edit control;
•A data source name ("PERSON" in "S_PERSON_NAME");
•A column name ("NAME" in "S_PERSON_NAME")
The reference name of a non-database-related GUI control is usually the name of the HTML surface element, for example, "TitleLabel" for the title across an info page.