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"J. MacKinnon" <[log in to unmask]>
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Departmental Technology Coordinators <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 2 Mar 2001 10:17:10 -0500
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It's not an oxymoron, though I have to agree that there another method
would probably be better.

While working at Tulane, I had the pleasure of working with an Oracle
Forms-based custom financial records system which made use of PDF files
with interactive fields and a simplified WinFrame client.  The users
completed the PDF fields and then submitted them along with a bunch of
 other forms though a spaghetti-tangle of a system.

The system was deployed over 9 months late with a budget over-run of 1.5
Million dollars.  I am sure the PDF componenet was not the biggent
problem, but it sure didn't help.

-Greg
On Fri, 2 Mar 2001, Hope Greenberg wrote:

> I thought "interactive PDF" was an oxymoron until I vaguely remembered
> something about PDF forms. Anyway, a google on interactive PDF turns up
> some helpful links, including one for a full-day $eminar on how to deal
> with the problems associated with accessing the forms with different
> versions of Acrobat--that should be a warning signal!
>
> Here's a how-to link:
> http://www.planetpdf.com/binthing~webpageid,1160.htm
>
> I know this question has come up before, but maybe before OSP jumps into
> a precedent-setting model a look at alternatives would be in order.
>
> - Hope
>

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