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    AutoFill Form values and save results with session

    Asked by youthencounter on October 05, 2012 at 03:21 PM

    I know how to both. I know I can autofill a value by passing a URL paramater specific to the field, and I know I can save the form for people to go back to by adding a session paramater to the URL.

    However, when I do both, the fields fill initially, then are cleared (as the page is loading). Is this the expected behavior or can I get both to work?

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    Answered by EduardoMendez on October 05, 2012 at 04:44 PM


    I have tested and you are correct, you can only use either or the above mentioned actions.

    It seems that there is a conflict when the form tries to pass the values associated to the session and also new URL parameters.

    Can I inquire as to why you are trying to accomplish this? I'll be glad to see if I can come up with a woraround for this.


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    Answered by youthencounter on October 05, 2012 at 04:47 PM

    Thank you, for the form that I referenced, we are embedding it in our website using information from their login to our website to create the session, but we already know some of the information that we would like in the form as well.

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    Answered by EduardoMendez on October 05, 2012 at 06:03 PM


    It seems that the first time the user visits the form you can pre-populate using the URL method.

    From then on, you can re-revisit using the session method.  Are you able to accomplish this?


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    Answered by youthencounter on October 10, 2012 at 05:50 PM

    I don't see how it's possible to have the fields auto filled and then saved. I still need to add the session variable to the url the first time they access it so that it can be saved.

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    Answered by pculd on April 23, 2013 at 02:11 PM

    Has there been any progress on this? Would be great to pass on a session ID and the URL parameters.

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    Answered by Mike_T on April 23, 2013 at 02:23 PM

    I am sorry, but pre-population will not work together with the session feature.

    However, we have added a new 'Continue Forms Later' feature that does not require any session link, so it can be used with pre-population.

    It is based on browser cookies, it means that user will need to use the same browser in order to access saved version of the form.

    Thank you.

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    Answered by pculd on April 23, 2013 at 02:25 PM

    great stuff! Thank you!

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    Answered by lastfrontierheli on May 02, 2013 at 06:33 PM

    Could the "Continue Forms Later" be used to prepopulate fields on a different form that contains some of the same fields as the first form? (ie. Fill in your Name/Email on one form, then when you visit another form those fields are already filled in)


    Ps. I've already done the method of using a php redirect to save the info from one form and pass it along to the next, only problem is that you need to go directly to the next form and while its redirecting there is a nasty looking "Please wait redirecting" graphic that pops up. I've contacted Jotform and it appears you cannot reove/disable the loading graphic when redirecting.

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    Answered by jeanettebmz on May 02, 2013 at 09:11 PM


    Can you please open a separate thread for your question?