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Interactive Web Forms

Steve Dyke
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Joined: Nov 16, 2004
Posts: 1514
Not sure if this is the correct queue.

I have developed an intranet app. Now we have a need to send a form to a vendor have them fill it out and send back to us. The current process is, we e-mail them the form, they print it fill it out, scan it into an electronic format, e-mail it to us and we attach the file to the original electronic record in our data base.

How can I make an interactive form, send it to them, they fill it out electronically, send it back to us, finally we upload the values in what ever form fields to our database? Do all this with our intranet app that the outside world can not access.
Rob Spoor

Joined: Oct 27, 2005
Posts: 19845

I'm no expert in PDF, but aren't PDF forms created mostly for these purposes?

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Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42952
PDF forms -along with the iText library for extracting form data on the server- could be used to implement this, but AFAIK, only the (commercial) Acrobat Professional can be used to fill in and save PDFs containing forms, where as most people only have the (free) Acrobat Reader.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
subject: Interactive Web Forms