Filling in PDF Forms
Importing and Exporting Form Data
Form data can be exported to a separate file, which can then be sent using email or over
the Web. When doing this, save either to Forms Data Format (FDF) or XML-based FDF
(XFDF). This creates an export file much smaller than the original PDF file.
When importing XFDF data, you will need an XML parser or library to read the XFDF data.
Note that Acrobat forms support the FDF, XFDF, tab-delimited text, and XML formats, and
that XML forms support XML and XDP formats.
Saving Form Data as XML or XML Data Package (XDP)
To save your form data in XML format, invoke the
method using the
conversion ID for XML, as shown in the code below:
To take advantage of XFA functionality, you may save your forms in the XML Data Package
format (XDP). This simply requires the usage of the conversion ID for XDP, as shown in the
Emailing Completed Forms
To email a completed form in FDF format, invoke the
which exports the data to FDF and sends it via email.
To make an interactive email session, pass
to the first parameter, which specifies
whether a user interface should be used, as shown in the code below:
To send the exported FDF data automatically, pass
to the first parameter, and
fields (all of which are optional), as
shown in the code below:
Suppose you have a document that contains multiple attachments, from which you would
like to compile information for submission to a server in XML format. You can create a
Global Submit button whose
action contains a script that collects the data from
each of the attachments and creates a unified collection in XML format.
To do this, you will need to invoke the
method in order to
open the attachments, followed by its
method to upload the combined XML
data to the server.