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Topic: Server Side PDF, Server Side FDF, local Reader
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 59217
Date: 5/29/2002 05:37 PM
I've got an Access database of employee data that resides on the IIS server. I will have employees needing to update their insurance forms online from their home computers.
So the user goes to the company home page and logs in...eventually they will be guided to the server side PDF insurance form. I want to fill in as many fields as possible in the form before the user begins typing on the form. So I've got employee data in the server side Access database that I need to get into the PDF that's on the server. When the user finishes filling in the insurance form I need to save the data and get it back into the server side Access database.
Most users on their home computers will only have Adobe Reader.
In a nutshell I have a PDF on an IIS server - users dialing in - I need the PDF to be able to read in data from the server database as soon as the PDF is brought up. When they are done I need to get the updated form data back to the database on the server.
PDF on server, Reader only accessing it, need to get data into PDF before user starts typing. Help!
I was under the understanding that I could use importAsFDF but it doesn't seem to want to find a server side FDF file or even a local FDF file. I read one place that it was because the PDF was on the Server and the URL + FDF file name combination only confuses it. Hopefully not!
How can I get server side data into a server side PDF when the user has only Reader?
While testing, I was passing all the form data as part of the URL call to the PDF. I was using this.path to get the data into the form but it turns out that this.path can only hold 255 bytes - not enough! I don't know if the 5.0 function URL would have the same 255 byte limitation as it keeps coming up "status undefined" when I've tried to use it.