I can't find where forms are supported and that's fine. I don't need true forms with drop-down lists and check boxes. What I do need is something that can simulate a form so that our customers can fill it out by hand and send it to us. We have this form in Word 18 times; one for each product. I thought that I would create the forms and use an Entity List to insert the information we need to include so the customer can order books and print it to PDF with the correct information. The items in the list won't change very often.
In Word, I would do it using a table and turning borders on and off as well as adjusting cell widths independently from the table. I've been trying that for two hours in Arbortext and can get it to work to a point. My biggest problem is a border around the table. I figured how to turn borders on and off using the attributes dialog box from the tree view (I don't remember the official name). I can't figure out how to manipulate the cell widths independently or even if it's possible.
Any ideas, wisdom or pointers? All I need is the form label and lines of equal length. See the attached document. I may be way off base on everything including the entity list.
The Manual_request.pdf file is what we have now. Ignore the text. The manual-test.pdf file is what I've been doing. This is about the 5th or 6th version. I'm using an informal table plusI've tried CALS and Arbortext tables.
I do indeed want a paper form. What I can't do is get the table to behave like I want it. In HTML and Word, Ican turn on and off the table and cell borders as needed and control the width of each individual cell. In HTML, I even have other options.In Arbortext, I can't seem to do any of that. I want a the right cell to start a couple of spaces after the label in the left cell and I want an even right border. I can get the even right border but I can't figure out how to manipulate the other borders and I can't figure out how to turn off the outside grid border and turn on the bottom borders for some cells. I can't figure out how to get each individual cell where I want it.
I suppose I want to know if there is another option. I should have studied this years ago when I bought the books but I didn't. I understand that in XML tables are just that, tables, and are not intended for layout but I need a happy middle. For example, can I create an HTML table and CSS and import it? Can I use rule lines? Can I "cheat" by finding a way to manipulate the XSL-FO?
Thanks for your help. I was able to make it work using multiple rows and columns. That was the disconnect. In my previous foray into tables, I was able to "adjust" cell widths because the cells had spanning or I split cells.
Again, thank you all for your help.