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Archive: Forms & FDF

JavaScript Advice - Intending to create forms

Kas Thomas

Kas discusses a range of issues relating to JavaScript for those who want to hit-the-ground-running.

Developer   July 01, 2001

Forms - Binding Field Dependencies

Kas Thomas

Ever wondered what is happening behind the scenes during form processing? Kas illustrates the process with an example.

Developer   July 01, 2001

Adobe CEO Chizen hopes to build Acrobat PDF legacy

Kurt Foss

Bruce Chizen, President and CEO of Adobe Systems, recently discussed with Planet PDF a range of related, Acrobat-centric topics. In the interview, he talks about the growing importance of Acrobat within the company's product line, the launch of Acrobat 5.0, his own Acrobat-dependent legacy, Adobe's new "Network Publishing" vision, its approach to ebooks, an upcoming release of a PDF Forms Fill-in product and the future release of a single, dual-purpose Reader.

Enterprise & Government   June 04, 2001

JavaScript - Color fills in forms at runtime

Kas Thomas

Kas gives some sample JavaScript code for changing the colors of PDF form fields at runtime.

Developer   June 01, 2001

Typecasting in JavaScript

Kas Thomas

In JavaScript, you sometimes find yourself in a situation where you explicitly need to cast a variable to a Number or a String. Kas shows you how.

Developer   June 01, 2001

Automatic Insertion of Document-Level JavaScripts

Dr. D. P. Story

Dr. D. P. Story, math wiz (professor) and bona fide PDF wizard, has updated a technique that he'd previously published on Planet PDF. The new, enhanced version of his article explains how to take advantage of some of the new features in Adobe Acrobat 5.0 -- specifically that FDF can now contain JavaScript code.

Developer   May 11, 2001

JavaScript - Quick Tip of the Day

Kas Thomas

Kas illustrates the "arity" function that is used for counting arguments in JavaScript.

Developer   April 01, 2001

Forms - Something to Bear in Mind

Kas Thomas

Kas briefly points out the various usages of JavaScript in PDF applications.

Developer   February 14, 2001

Forms - Hot Help Made Easy

Kas Thomas

Anything that provides contextual help to a form user at runtime is a big win for all concerned. Find out how to set and change Tool Tips on-the-fly.

Developer   February 12, 2001

PDF's Brittleness: A Lament PDF - An optimal solution

Kas Thomas

PDF is one of the most brittle and unforgiving formats I've ever worked with, in the sense that if you introduce even one stray byte into the middle of a file, you stand a 99% chance of wrecking the reading frame for the whole file (kind of like a frameshift error in DNA giving rise to "nonsense proteins"), totally breaking the world.

Developer   February 10, 2001

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