There is a Buttons and Forms window that seems to enable this, but I can't really find out how this works.
(e.g. how it relates to a send button and
how to put in the email address of the receiver and things like that)
Forms are for PDFs. While you can do it with HTML, that would have to be done outside of InDesign.
Seems to me that's something for a really useful new feature in the next ID release.
I mean, it does make sense to include a nice email form in some types of (fxl) epub's, does it?
(Even more then in some PDF's)
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I don't think, integrating HTML forms in InDesign will help you. Most html forms use technologies such as php and databases and need an online connection as well as server side running applications. ePubs and most ereaders do not support those services such as apache servers, mysql, cdns, analytic services, ssh/ftp/... connections, mail servers. In fact they even try to block such services and outgoing information to avoid running malware in the background or to avoid expensive user tracking by the publisher. Its simply a security feature of the ePub format.
I'm working on an ebook with weblinks, so it has interactivity anyway. That's just what would make it so nice, to include a page with a feedback form or something at the end where readers can send their comments. Going online first and open a form their just isn't the same. Of course I understand safety stuff, but still ....
Used the form and filed my request.
Along with another option I miss: adding a text field that can be edited (and saved!) by the reader, same as in many instruction books with user exercises. They often have dedicated space to answer questions.
If you have epubs of instruction books with these possibilities, as you describe, please share them with us. I am personally very interested to analyse how this has been solved so its working offline, within the ePub and with the possibility to share/send the results. But remember, we are talking here about epubs and not digital magazines or webapps.
Sorry Apel, wish I would have examples of this, but I have not found them. it is just something that came up with books we are producing and where it really would fot to do such things. The ePub idea makes it seem logical that these kind of interactive stuff can be done in eBooks easier then with PDF files, but I am learning ;-(
I hand coded some fields in an ePub, iBooks didn't recognise them, although it did recognise checkboxes, radio buttons and sliding controls. I don't think you are gong to get this sort of functionality in ePubs. You can do this with web apps though.
Thanks everybody for your replies!
Although still the feature seems to me quit logical, it now is clear to me we seem to be pushing the envelop.
Maybe it will be included in new standard some day.