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Topic: Forms with an Access Database HELP!
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 101241
From: metallikiller
Date: 11/24/2003 02:08 PM

I will have a DSN established on the windows server.

Here is what they want. I have a PDF form on a server that you fill out and submit order info. Asp captures the form data and inserts it into an access database. OK that said everything on that end is fine and works well.

I have another PDF on the same server that the administrator will access from anywhere within the campus intranet and they will have adobe acrobat full version installed and log into it via server side authentication.

This is my connection code that works fine on my local testing server as long as I am on the machine the PDF is on and the dbase is on.

function Connect()
// Try to connect to the data source
// oConnection is a global variable declared in the document-level script Initialize

try {
// try to connect to the data source "EtsCsh"
oConnection = ADBC.newConnection("EtsCsh");
if (oConnection == null) throw "Could not connect";

} catch(e) {

It finds the DSN no problem. But when I am on any other machines within my personal intranet and I go to the page that contains the link for the PDF. I click the link. The adobe IE PLUGIN takes over and renders the PDF within explorer as it should. But it cannot find the DSN. The dialog box pops up for ODBC admin so you can create a DSN on the local machine. Does the database need to be locally or what? This defeats the whole purpose of accessing the data remotely.

My theory as to why this doesn't work is when you click on the link to the PDF you are actually downloading the PDF to the client's machine where in fact a DSN doesn't exist. So you would have to have the access database on the client machine, which defeats the purposes of populating the PDF dynamically on the server.

Basically, I need to know if the PDF can access the database on the server from a client browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc...) with out installing any components on the server or client machines.

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