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Lesson 8. Creating Forms > Submitting forms over the Web

Submitting forms over the Web

PDF forms can be used for submitting and collecting information over the Web. For this process to work, you must have a Common Gateway Interface (CGI) application on the Web server to collect and route the data to a database. The field names in the forms must also match those set in the CGI application. Any existing CGI application that collects data from forms (in HTML or FDF format) can be used to collect data from PDF forms.

Keep in mind that CGI scripts must be built outside of Acrobat and require some knowledge of computer programming. CGI applications are usually set up by a Web server administrator. For information on creating and managing a form database, see the FDF (Forms Data Format) Toolkit. If you do not have the FDF Toolkit, contact the Adobe Developer Association, or check the Adobe Web site at www.adobe.com.


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