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Topic: How to add professional help to PDFs?
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 53791
From: sjuranek
Date: 5/29/2002 05:01 PM

We have 20+ PDF forms that each have hundreds of fields on them. Many of the fields are the same between forms. We are going to allow people to fill them in over the web.

The problem we have is how to supply context sensitive help for our users. Many of the fields need several paragraphs of help text so using tool-tips won't work. Our ideal solution would be to trap the F1 key and when they hit F1 find out what the current field is then send the field name as a parameter to a help page on the web server. We'd like this new page to open up in a new window so you can view the help and keep looking at the PDF. We'd like to keep the help text in a central location so we don't bloat the size of the PDF.

We found that trapping the F1 key isn't possible, so we are going to use a Help button on each page. This makes finding the current field a little trickier so we've had to inject script on the OnFocus event of every field. We fould we can't get the resulting help HTML to open in a new window or frame so our PDF goes away. The solution we are left with is poor but workable until we found out that in IE when they click the back button to go back to the PDF they are taken to the top of the document!

How are people out there providing help to people that need to fill out large complicated forms? Any help/suggestions are greatly appreciated.

-Scott

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