How to populate field(s) in my PDF via Internet from my PHP/MySQL Server
I am able to successfully send my XML data to my PHP/MySQL server via a PHP script and a 'Http submit' button in the PDF. (I get time out errors if I try submitting XML data via Adobe Acrobat Pro 8 and Pro 9, but it works successfully without errors in Adobe Reader 8 and 9 - wierd)
Once the XML data is received, the PHP/MySQL server script processes the XML data and needs to send back the resulting data/answer right back into the PDF.
How do I accomplish this? Where should I start looking?
Example: User submits Date and Time they would like to book a meeting room.
Server replies back if the meeting is is availble, and if not available it gives alternate dates and times.
When you submit information to your server via an HTTP you can only send back a PDF for Acrobat/Reader to respond. You ar not talking to a browser so sending back HTML is not an option. It is not a communictaions vehicle between the two. If you want that I would suggest a web service approach.
The http submit/PHP script combination I currently use to send XML data from Adobe Reader (8 or 9) to to a Mysql/PHP for processing works well.
BUT...I want to immediately return the results of this MySQL/PHP processing back to my PDF. (I read somewhere that Adobe PDF's generally want data returned in FDF format?)
The PDF submits via our PHP script a date and time to book a meeting room.
I want the PDF to receive the response back from my web server (text, date, numbers) and insert into fields inside the PDF (via FDF? similar?)
What area of Livecyle do I employee to recieve data? Can I hire a semi expert out there reading this post to give me a hand? Paypal?