[texhax] Newbie Question: (La)TeX Good Choice for Data Collection Forms in PDF?
cryan at binghamton.edu
cryan at binghamton.edu
Wed Sep 9 15:37:55 CEST 2009
I have used LaTeX to design a questionnaire for a research project. Not a clinical case report form, but a survey form to be completed by the subjects, on paper. Similar idea: fields to be filled in, checkboxes, multiple choice questions, etc. It worked. It was hard. If I had it to do over again, I'd use OpenOffice.org Writer, a typical "WYSIWYG" word processor. Also free. Also comes ready with easy pdf export.
No disrespect to LaTeX of course. Been using it for a long time, though I claim no expertise. But it's not always the best/easiest/fastest way to get the job done. No single tool is.
---- Original message ----
>Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2009 10:37:13 -0500
>From: Jack Ort <JOrt at ResearchPoint.com>
>Subject: [texhax] Newbie Question: (La)TeX Good Choice for Data Collection Forms in PDF?
>To: texhax at tug.org
> Hello! I apologize if this is the wrong place to
> ask this question, but I have been frantically
> searching for information on TeX and LaTex, and
> whether or not it would be a good choice for
> designing data collection forms. Specifically these
> would be clinical Case Report Forms (CRFs), where
> patient data such as vital signs, laboratory
> results, etc. would need to be collected across
> multiple clinic visits. Typically these forms will
> have groups of empty boxes (with labels) for manual
> entry, questions with Yes/No checkboxes, lines for
> capturing free-text comments, and often tabular data
> entry sections as well.
> Ideally, forms could be stored in a "library" for
> reuse and modification as needed.
> Eventually these forms need to go to PDF, either for
> printing or for conversion to a data entry screen
> for a web-based data collection system.
> We are considering Framemaker, but the cost and
> learning curve are steep! If it is relevant, would
> be using a Windows XP system to run whatever package
> we choose.
> Thanks in advance to anyone who can help!
> Best regards,
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