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    HTML form doesn't import

    Asked by dleflang on June 03, 2011 at 05:32 PM

    Hello,

    JF works really well, but I did find an issue:

    http://www.mddx.com/formtest

     

    My understanding is that this should import fine, but JF says there is no form available.

     

    Thanks!

     


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    Answered by NeilVicente on June 04, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Hi,

    As a matter of fact, there is no actual HTML form on the site that you have mentioned. An html form is enclosed by <form></form> tags, something that is missing in the 'form' on that website.

    Also, if you have noticed, there is no actual space where you can type in the information that needs to be submitted. It looks more like an actual paper form that was exported over as a webpage. There isn't even a submit button.

    A workaround I can suggest to have this 'imported' is to build a form from scratch and then copy over the text information in the fields. Layout is a little harder to mimic though, as it would take a significant amount of css to copy the look exactly.

    Anyway, I went ahead and tried building the form in Jotform. You may import this form if it looks any good to you.

    I hope this post was able to shed some light into the issue at hand. Feel free to ask again if there's anything else that's bothering you. Thank you for using Jotform.


    Neil

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    Answered by liyam on June 04, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Hello dleflang,

    Thank you for your post and we apologize for your inconvenience.

    I have checked your webpage and I did not find any forms in it. Did you remove your form?  I also have just tried embedding a form and placed it on a web page and did not find any problems.  Can you please try putting it on your webpage again and see what happens?

    We will wait for your response.

    Thanks,

    Liyam

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    Answered by dleflang on June 04, 2011 at 12:21 AM
    Neil,

    Thank you for the extra work. This is what we are trying to accomplish:

    Many people have paper forms that were created in Word. I was thinking that if they saved them as an HTML document, posted online, I could navigate to that URL and I would have a form ready for edits.



    Is there an easy way about this?

    Import a PDF?

    The idea is not to need to create a form from scratch.



    Thank you

    Dave



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    Answered by NeilVicente on June 04, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Hello,

    The problem with exporting Word documents to html is that only the formatting and the content (text/images) are converted to html. There is no underlying code, so to speak. As such, I don't think computers can easily figure out if a document is actually a form, unless there is a standard mark-up being used by Microsoft Word to determine that a document is a form.

    That is why Jotform imports a form by finding the html form tags and not by looking at the appearance of the html page.

    I'm trying to find ways to make it easier for you but so far I've exhausted no viable options. Building from scratch may be the only thing that could work. I apologize for this.


    Neil

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    Answered by dleflang on June 06, 2011 at 12:56 PM
    Hello,

    What if If we wanted to build an HTML form in word, and post it to a URL.

    Would it then import to Jot Form?

    Thank you

    Dave





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    Answered by allanftd on June 06, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Hi Dave,

    I'm afraid this won't work either.

    This sample "form" was created with MS Word but, as what Neil pointed out earlier, it doesn't have the html form elements that JotForm looks for when it tries to import a form from a URL. 

    We apologize for the inconvenience. Please let us know if you need further help.

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