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Topic: Passing parameters to a PDF file from HTML...
Conf: (P-PDF) Beginners, Msg: 68732
From: spickett
Date: 7/16/2002 08:24 AM

Hello,

I have developed several documents that have been published on the internet - written using MacroMedia Flash, however I am looking for an alternative because and I thought Adobe Acrobat would be the perfect solution. The PDF files however need to interact with a MYSQL database to populate certain fields. Listed below is what the process flow should be:

1. User visits website
2. User clicks on link to view PDF document
3. PDF Document Loads
3.1 PDF Document contains fields that need to be populate - i.e. forename/surname
these fields are extracted from a remote MYSQL DB (located on the server) and
populated within the form.
4. Display the form to the user (with populated fields).

In regards step 3.1 I have read the Adobe acrobat 'New Features' section and it states that it is possible to have PDF files on websites, furthermore it is possible to read in data into the PDF form using XML - this is exactly what I want to do. Ideally I want to have a PDF form loaded and supply the form with a XML Data Island containing the fields to be displayed.

Alternatively is it possible to pass in parameters from a html file using javascript/java live wire?

If anyone can explain how I can pass parameter from HTML (Javascript) to PDF, and then set variables within the PDF document I would be grateful.

System Info: I am using a LINUX web server, and have created a simple webpage that displays a PDF file in the web browser window - the PDF file contains a submit button that invokes a CGI script and has one text field called 'field1'. Basically I want to be able to automatically populate field1 when the user clicks on the CGI generated HREF hyperlink.

Hopefully there is an easy solution...

Best regards

Spencer

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