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Topic: Re: Field name conflict (Via Email)
Conf: (P-PDF) Beginners, Msg: 84750
From: prodok
Date: 3/22/2003 03:49 AM

>I've setup a PDF file that uses a template to spawn new pages.
>With each new page all of the form fields are renamed so the field
>content doesn't copy over from page to page.

This is sound practice.

>In the event that I want to extract a spawned page with particular
>field content already filled in and insert it into another file with pages
>spawned from the same template, is there a way to change the field
>names on that page without having to rename each one individually
>so that it doesn't conflict with a page in the new file?

It is not possible to change field names programmatically (at least
not with JavaScript; it might be possible via a dedicated custom
plug-in). The question is, of course, what you want to accomplish.
The question is also how you would want these two documents talk to
each other.

>For example "File A" has a Page 35 in which the prefix P35 has been
>added to all of the field names. I want to use Page 35 in "File B"
>instead of reentering all of the information again on a new page, but
>File B already has a Page 35 with the same prefixed field names and
>different content.

One possibility to have the two documents communicate would be going
via an intermediaire, namely global variables. You would first put
the field values of your page in document A into a specific set of
global variables. In document B you would read the global variables
and assign them to the according field values.

Hope, this can help.

Max Wyss
PRODOK Engineering
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