Planning your form design

Creating application logic by using the Forms service is only one aspect of creating a client application. The Forms service requires form designs that are typically created in Designer (forms can be created in Acrobat as well). Form designs are XML templates that are saved as either XDP files or PDF files. Depending on the type of input, the Forms service outputs forms that are displayed as PDF or HTML forms. The following illustration shows the valid input and output of the Forms service.

The first step in planning your application is to determine the output format of the forms. Save the form design in one of the following ways:

  • As an XDP file to have the Forms service output a form displayed as PDF or HTML.

  • As a PDF or XDP to have the Forms service output PDF only.

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