Forum OpenACS Development: Re: Possible bug in ad_form
I'm in Leiden this week to make simulation fit for production. I'll see if I have the time to track this down. Anyway, I'm gonna file this right now.
Simulation uses the display mode extensively. But then, it's Lars' product, just like the display mode. I think the alternative at this point is to write your own code for viewing an item (or parts of it), or write a general application for it. I don't know, tho, how a case like this (an element inside a form, that actually uses form widgets that are just disabled) could be easily solved without ad_form having the functionality.
About the performance: I doubt that it has any significant effects on performance, but this is just my hunch, it's not based on any real facts.