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Paragraph Spacing on Text Fields


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I am creating an interactive PDF, and one of the things I am trying to do is set up a front end "panel" with questions that receive a user's input, and all these answers are then used to create a static letter, building the various parts from the different fields. I am good with the basic setup for doing this. However, the problem I have run into is on user input text fields that have multiple paragraphs (set as multi-line). I need to grab the text in these fields and place it in the final letter, styled to a certain design standard. I can set the font family and line spacing on the final static letter just fine.

But I have tried unsuccessfully to set a paragraph spacing. There are countless attributes, and every website seems to know a few, but not the right ones for this. I tried using "para.spaceBelow =" but this did not work. I also tried different "receiving" containers for the paragraphs on the final static form, such as a protected text field and a floating field in a basic text object. None of this seems to allow me to control the space between paragraphs, unfortunately. I am beginning to think I will have to ask the user to add separate paragraphs into unique text fields to grab the data and be able to space the paragraphs correctly.

I hope someone can help this.



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Level 10

Hi Keith,

If your input text field is set to rich text then you probably need to add the margin-top attribute to the style for the <p> element (which is the paragraph element), so;

default xml namespace =

var richText = new

for each (var p in richText.p) {

     p.@style = "margin-top:10pt;"

TextField2.value.exData.loadXML(richText.toXMLString(), /* Ignore root node */
false, /* Overwrite
content */

Try this sample and see if it heading in the right direction.

If so you will probably have to do some more work retaining some of the other style attributes that can be added to a <p> element.

You might also be able to use the span objects, which support a limited set of rich text formatting.  There a sample here, Adobe LiveCycle Designer Cookbooks by BR001: Programmatically updating Rich Text (or xHTML)

Is this the sort of thing you are trying to do?