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By vidaillet ·
I would like to sent a form to my clients, They would then fill it in, and send it back by mail. The mail would then be processed by my site, and the data contained in it would update the database.

My first solution is to do this by using a simple text file, that the user needs to fill. But it is error prone.

Do you know of any easy solution that would use formatted documents, in order to enable automatic descripting on my server.
An example I know of is PDF forms, but I am not sure whether the user needs to own Acrobat Writer.
Any other suggestion?
FYI, we are using a JAVA based platform (no ASP).

Thanks

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by MServino In reply to e-mail forms

Acrobat is definitely your best bet. No they do not need to have the writer, only the Reader. This will alow them to use your forms. Other alternatives would be to set up a variety of forms using different Word Processing Programs and even then you can't always guarentee that you can cover everyone. You would need 1 for Word, 1 for Word Perfect, 1 for whatever the Linux standard is, 1 for... you get the idea. Of course if your using a java platform perhaps you could get someone to code it in PERL or CGI and do it online, or just use the JAVA itself. there are plenty of possibilites, and there is no set answer it's really just a matter of what works best for you. My company uses Lotus Notes and forms are handled online using notes databases and forms, when they are reviewed and commented upon or proccessed they move from 1 view to the next for the next person in line. simple strait forward, easy for me.

Hope this was of some assistance,
good luck,
-Mike

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by DAO251 In reply to e-mail forms

I would send them an URL pointing to my site to the page containing the form you want them to fill.

The URL would probably contain their ID (assigned by you) so that you know who fills the form.

This could be easier than develop you questionnaire in different formats.

Or, if you want to use e-mail, you could develop and send them pure HTML file (no Java I believe), which would mail you the answer file.

HTH

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