Processing XML Files using PDF Forms in the browser environment
Original Publication Date: 2002-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Disclosed is a solution to let a user input and show XML files using a PDF Form*. The use of XML is emerging as a popular format in governmental online application systems, remarked by its ease of data interchange between other government offices. On the other hand, due to the fact that paper application will still coexist with the online system, it is required that the application forms be shown and printed out just alike the original paper format, so that the users, including both the applicant and the examiner, could handle it the same way. However, the commonly used XSLT when showing an XML file on the web browser, simply transforms XML to an HTML file, and is therefore difficult to maintain its original format, neither on the browser nor when printed out. This problem could be solved by using a PDF Form provided by Adobe Systems Inc. The mechanism is described as follows, using an example of a governmental online application. See also the figure below. 1. Creating an Application Form (1) The government office staff creates the application form in a PDF file format, using Adobe Acrobat. If the original paper application form is created with a word processor and exists as electronic data, only the PDF conversion is needed.