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Topic: Open Javascript Security Dilemma
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 136888
From: gomfp
Date: 7/27/2005 06:25 PM

Sometime back, I realized a security problem while creating a js to add a feature enhancement to a pdf form. Understandably, the js is open to view so if I wanted to market my idea, there was really nothing available to protect it from piracy. So I got to thinking and eventually came up with a plug-in to work hand-in-hand with a folder level js to address the security concerns I had had as well as licensing requirements on a forms per use basis. What I didn't realize, much less consider at the time, was the type of audience my feature enhancement would attract. Apparently, there are a number of you out there who work with a significant number of pdf forms that cater to an even greater number of end users with varying levels of computer expertise. As such, in order to accommodate your end user's needs, I've come to realize that the majority of you don't want the added inconvenience much more worry about your end users having to copy two files in order to use a form feature enhancement. In truth, I now understand your position why this has to be. The irony of all this is that I can easily address this problem by simply reverting back to the document level js I began with. However, in doing so, this puts the js developer between a rock and a hard place simply because there is no way to prevent one from stealing one's idea based upon a document or folder level script. As experience has taught me, more often than not, js can be and is often times better suited (as opposed to developing a plug-in) for accomplishing a certain task or adding a certain form feature. However, I can't help but think that the lack of security in using a js implementation only serves to deter as opposed to encouraging the js enthusiast from developing a new idea or concept that could add a much needed feature to a pdf form. Understand that I'm not talking about a few lines of script here but something in the range of 8-10 pages of script to make life just a little bit easier when using a pdf form. Sorry about the length of this post but considering all the attention given to js to accomplish certain tasks in both the design and development of interactive pdf forms, I feel this to be one particular area where Adobe really missed the boat. Just my 2-cents worth. However, I certainly would appreciate anyone elses comments regarding this subject matter.

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