[texhax] Newbie Question: (La)TeX Good Choice for Data Collection Forms in PDF?
mr_heller at yahoo.dk
Sun Sep 13 13:38:29 CEST 2009
Jack Ort wrote:
> 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.
I think some of the tools in the AcroTeX bundle might be useful. D.P.
might serve as a starting point.
His TeX survey
<http://www.math.uakron.edu/~dpstory/eqExam/tex_survey.pdf> is an
example of a pdf-form with automatic data collection.
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