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Re: [opensuse-factory] No more acroread?
  • From: "Carlos E. R." <robin.listas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2013 22:36:06 +0100 (CET)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LNX.2.00.1311052229340.8122@Telcontar.valinor>
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On Tuesday, 2013-11-05 at 19:20 -0200, Claudio Freire wrote:

Maybe. But PDFs with forms? They're an abomination. HTML is for forms.

Huh, no way. PDFs, or some equivalent, are ideal for filling forms in administrations.

The users can not modify the form, they can only fill the fields, using no more than the given space. It is possible to add checking code so that what they fill is correct. They can do operations on the fields. They can add a page of "dot-codes", that can be read by automated machines, instead of OCR scanning the document. It is possible to submit the form automatically on an intranet, using a special adobe server. They may be signed.

Some public and open standard could exist for this, but adobe arrived first and they dominate this niche market. I know no equivalent open project.

- -- Cheers,
Carlos E. R.
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