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Designing a form with bubbles

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I need to design a form that can be "bubbled" in. It will be a printed form.

From what I can see, using radio buttons is the way to go.

Has anyone else created this kind of form before?

Cindy

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Not sure what you mean by "bubbles."

Can you better describe what you're after?

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I mean something like the little bubbles that you fill in on a standardized test.

Cindy

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Ah, ok - had to go look up what you meant...

Yes, radio buttons would work fine I think.

You said this is a printed form though? People won't be filling it in on a computer? In which case you could use anything, or draw your own shapes.

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My hope is that it can be used online and printed.

One requirement is that the form be scan-able, so I hope we can create a form that we can, someday, upload to a database.

But I know I have to worry about licensing, since we'll probably want to extract data more than 500 times.

I'm attaching a screen shot of part of the form. Do you still think that radio buttons are the way to go?

Cindy

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Radio buttons seem the best idea

- the licensing issue with 500 only kicks in for distribution via adobe's online tools and things like reader extension through that service_ i think

you can bulk email as many 1000 forms as you like; and collate on the backend yourself

some folks use an xml parser of the email stream to a database - eg the prototype ZOPE xml database tools - totally standalone

if you need lots of collation done by adobe you'll either have to do batches of 500 - not a real hardship i guess? or get into their livecycle enterprise suite (which can do about anything! but requires a reasonable budget commitment)

it's a case of decide what you need and someone will know how to do it