Chapter 26. Creating Dynamic XML Forms

Part VIII of this book is related to working with XML forms—particularly dynamic XML forms. We use the term dynamic throughout the second half of this book to refer to a certain type of form created in LiveCycle Designer that has what Adobe refers to as dynamic elements.

In Chapter 23, we talked about designing forms in LiveCycle Designer—both static and dynamic. In Chapters 24 and 25, we covered the essential tools, field and object properties, and commands that you need to become familiar with to create a form in Designer.

In Chapters 27 and 28, we talk about making forms dynamic using a number of methods you can employ in Designer to add dynamic characteristics to forms.

Before you embark on setting up a form containing dynamic elements, it is helpful to understand the differences between static forms and dynamic forms and when you need to plan for one type of form or another.

This chapter provides an initial exposure to the different form types and some introductory information you should know before moving on to the remaining chapters in this part.

Comparing Static and Dynamic Forms

Most of the forms we created in the chapters related to Adobe Acrobat are static forms. A static form contains a number of field objects that are fixed on the form and designed for user input as the form appears when opened in Acrobat. In some earlier chapters related ...

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