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Topic: Request for Proposal: Forms Compatibility plug-in (Via Email)
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 33644
From: prodok
Date: 1/26/2002 07:12 AM

As we all know, Acrobat 5 has a serious bug for handling checkboxes
and radiobuttons, where direct duplicates of the fields, having the
same name and the same export values are no longer changing their
state in synch. The consequence is that for example in forms where
subsequent pages are almost identical duplicates of the first page,
checkboxes and radiobuttons are not set properly.

The official "workaround" is using JavaScript to control the "slave"
fields from a "master" field.

This workaround is actually working, but the problem is fundamental,
as for both, export and import of data, the forms developer must take
care of the issue. Exporting can be handled on the forms base, but
importing must be taken care of on server side (particularly if the
data transfer format is XFDF).

Another issue is version control, as a form which simply has this
behavior fixed would have to undergo the rigorous testing procedures.
With a forms collection consisting of hundreds of forms affected,
this can be very costly.

What we are looking for is a Reader-enabled plug-in for Acrobat
(Reader) 5 which creates the Acrobat 4 compatibility with checkboxes
and radiobuttons. This plug-in must be available for Windows and
Macintosh. It should be controllable via either a document level
parameter or an application level parameter ("compatibility on" or
"compatibiltiy off"), in order to allow the new, flawed behavior.

The questions to be answered are:

a) is it possible to build such a plug-in, at all

b) how long would it take to create such a plug-in

c) what is the price

Please submit your proposals to

Thank you very much.

Max Wyss
PRODOK Engineering
Low Paper workflows, Smart documents, PDF forms
CH-8906 Bonstetten, Switzerland

Fax: +41 1 700 20 37

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