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Lesson 16. Creating Forms with Adobe Liv... > Adding content to the form body

Adding content to the form body

The body of the form contains most of the data input by the user. For this form, it includes the personal information of the form user.

1.
Click on the Custom tab of the Library palette and scroll to locate the library item titled Address Block. Click and drag the Address Block object from the Library palette into the body section of the form, below the head section. If necessary, you can close the Hierarchy palette to expand the work area.

As you move the Address Block, the current position of the object is displayed. Move the Address Block object until it snaps to the upper left corner of the red guides, at the .250 in., 3.00 in. position. The position is displayed at the bottom of the object as it is moved onto the page.

The label adjacent to the Address Block label indicates that this library item is a group of objects. Placing commonly used groups of objects in the library makes it easy to add commonly used fields to forms you create.

2.
Confirm that the Address Block boxes are still selected. Choose Layout > Group. Grouping these objects makes it easier to select them using the Hierarchy palette.

3.
Click to select the Name text field and then click to select the Object Palette, then click the Field tab. In the Field tab, choose the Appearance drop-down menu and select Underlined.

4.
In the Object Palette, click the Value tab. In the Value tab, click the Type drop-down menu and choose User Entered – Required.

Choosing User Entered – Required establishes this field as being required before the form can be submitted.

5.
Repeating the process from the previous step, set the following fields as User Entered – Required:

  • Address

  • City

  • State

  • Zip Code

  • Country

6.
Select the Actual Size button () in the toolbars to view the form at a 100% scale, and then click to select the Group object in the Hierarchy palette. The group of objects on the form becomes selected. Click the center handle along the right side of the group, and drag it to the left. Align the right edge of the group with the guide positioned at the 4 inch location.

When the group is selected, all the objects in the group are modified when using the handles to adjust their size. In this example, all the form fields are slightly smaller.

7.
Click on the Custom tab of the Library palette and scroll to locate the library item titled Address Block. Click and drag the Address Block object from the Library palette into the body section of the form, below the head section. Position the Address Block so it is located at the coordinates X: 4.00 in. and Y: 3.00 in. If necessary, scroll or choose the Fit Page icon () to see the entire head section of the form.

8.
Confirm that the Address Block boxes that were added to the form in the previous step are still selected. If necessary, select all these boxes and then choose Layout > Group to create a group from the individual objects. Keep the group selected.

9.
Click the center handle along the left side of the group, and drag it to the right. Align the left edge of the group with the guide positioned at the 4.5 inch location.

10.
In the Hierarchy palette, right-click the first item labeled Group under the Head section and choose Rename Object from the contextual menu. Change the name of the group to PersonalInfo.

11.
Right-click the second item labeled Group In the Hierarchy palette and choose Rename Object from the contextual menu. Change the name of the group to CompanyInfo.

12.
Hold down the Shift key and click to select the text fields in the CompanyInfo group located in the Hierarchy palette. In the Object palette, click the Value tab and from the Type drop-down menu choose User Entered – Required. Because all the fields in the CompanyInfo group were selected when you made this choice, they all have been labeled as fields that must be completed before the form can be submitted.

13.
Click the close window button in the upper right corner of the Hierarchy palette to hide the palette. You can always choose to display a palette by choosing its name from the Window menu.


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