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Re: [opensuse-factory] No more acroread?
On Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM, Carlos E. R.
<robin.listas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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.


Yes, it exists, it's called a web form. Especially if you're going to
submit to some server automatically.

HTML5 even allows the web form to work offline, though, granted,
that's rather new.
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