Last post Aug 28, 2006 04:38 PM by mdelvecchio
Aug 28, 2006 04:38 PM|mdelvecchio|LINK
i am on an interesting project. in this project, i have to create dynamic data-entry forms for offline-users to fill out, save locally, and eventually postback to our app (when back online). data validation is most likely required on the form.
i had looked at using PDF-forms for this.. Adobe's "LifeCyle Forms" would work perfectly. with it one can pass in xml to their webservice & get back PDF-form binaries. however, Adobe's pricing is simply unrealistic for any but super-large budgets (got an
extra 50k + 20% annual maintainence for your project? talk to adobe).
my next idea is probably better from a user standpoint anyway -- Excel forms. the user could input into the excel doc, save it, and later return it to us. this is better because its easier for users to manage a family .xls, and they can email it to other
people for additional editing, before returning it back to my app.
two key questions:
1) can i build dynamic Excel forms w/ an ASP.NET app on a server, and response them back?
2) if so, can i build them w/ any kind of data validation?
...i would think they may be commercial components already suited for this (note: they must be excel *forms*, not simply excel spreadsheets). does anyone know of one?
any help would be greatly appreciated!