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Topic: Re: PDF form in Java applet ?
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 57984
From: prodok
Date: 5/29/2002 05:29 PM

There are various workarounds.

The first workaround would be to set up a second server, where you
have the full access you need. Nobody would prevent you to submit the
data to a different domain. So, you could even lease a small RAQ-3 or
so in a server hotel, and use it for processing your submitted data.
Your client would still be with the original ISP, but it would be an
add-on solution.

Another approach would be on form base, but may or may not work. It
depends here a lot on the end user's configuration and evnvironment.
It is possible to use the getURL() JavaScript method with the mailto:
protocol. You even can pass the parameters. However, it depends a LOT
on the web browser/e-mail client of your end user, if all the
parameters can be passed properly. If it is not possible, you might
assemble the FDF data into a field and get it into the clipboard, so
that your end user simply would have to paste it into the message
body. Of course, this method would require additional workflows on
the receiving end, where the body of the message would have to be
extracted and processed.

There are various variations of this approach, which would require a
closer look at the forms, the workflow, and at the circumstances. For
that and a quote, please contact me in private.

Hope, this can help.

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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>Hello all, I am now working on a project. One of our
>client's web is hosting at a local ISP. The local ISP
>not allow any server side programming. ie our client an
>only upload html, graphics, real media etc etc to the
>local ISP (no CGI, no Perl, no SQL Server.) But our
>client would like to use PDF form and would like
>the form data send back to them by e-mail (for some
>reason, our client can't change ISP before
>end of 2002).
>I guess to solve this problem, need a Java Applet which
>can display PDF form, capture the form data (FDF) and
>e-mail it. We know how to send e-mail in Java applet,
>but don't know how to handle PDF form in Java applet
>(assume all user have Acrobat Reader install). Can
>anyone give a hint ? Any web an find resource on this ?
>Or we are in totally wrong direction ? (ie should not
>go for Java)?

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