7 Replies Latest reply on May 13, 2016 9:38 AM by ricks23678806

    New User  -  needs script help

    ricks23678806 Level 1

      Hi folks,  new user here. 

       

      Have a text field that I would like to be hidden until one of two radio buttons in a group has been selected.  All help greatly appreciated. 

       

      Rick S/San Antonio, TX

        • 1. Re: New User  -  needs script help
          Karl Heinz Kremer Adobe Community Professional

          You can do this in different ways. Here is one example. Use the following as the custom calculation script in your text field that should be hidden or shown:

           

          var f1 = this.getField("Group1");
          var shouldBeVisible = (f1.value != "Off");
          event.target.display = shouldBeVisible ? display.visible : display.hidden;
          

           

          This can be shortened a bit, but shorter code is not necessarily more readable. If you are having problems understanding what's going on here, please review the JavaScript core language syntax. What you need to know is that a radio button group that has no selection will report "Off" as it's value. So the field should be visible when the radio button group is not set to "Off". In that case, we set the event.target.display property (you can find what that means in the Acrobat JavaScript API documentation: Acrobat DC SDK Documentation: event.target ) to display.visible or to display.hidden in the other case (again, more information is in the API documentation).

          • 2. Re: New User  -  needs script help
            ricks23678806 Level 1

            Hi again,

             

            First... thank you for such a quick response... what a refreshing change !

            Second... I did not pose my question with sufficient clarity.. so allow me to elaborate:

             

            I have two radio buttons in a group:  Group Name is:  "English_YN", and the buttons are named "English-Yes"  and  "English-No".  What I'd like to be able to do is keep another field called  "Alt Language"  hidden unless the  "English-No"  radio button has been clicked.

             

            So,

                 if the radio button named  "English-Yes" is selected, then  "Alt Language" remains hidden, and can not be populated.

                 if the radio button named  "English-No"  is selected, then  "Alt Language"  is revealed and can be populated with the appropriate      response.

             

            I have coded in other languages, but am a  COMPLETE BEGINNER  in anything resembling JavaScript... I can sort of understand code that already exists, but have no  new code development skill as of yet.   As mentioned earlier, all assistance greatly appreciated !!

             

            Many thanks & till later,

            Rick Stockstill

            San Antonio, TX

            • 3. Re: New User  -  needs script help
              Karl Heinz Kremer Adobe Community Professional

              I went down a different path with my script. You can accomplish your goals with a slight variation on what I posted yesterday. See here for a script that should work for you:

               

              var f1 = this.getField("English_YN");  
              var shouldBeVisible = (f1.value == "English-No");  
              event.target.display = shouldBeVisible ? display.visible : display.hidden;  
              

               

              As you can see, the structure of the script is the same, the big difference is in the comparison operation. We now know what button needs to be active in order to activate the text field. This again should be used as the custom calculation script for the "Alt Language" field.

              • 4. Re: New User  -  needs script help
                ricks23678806 Level 1

                Hi again,

                 

                OUTSTANDING !!    Works perfectly.

                 

                Till later,

                Rick S.

                • 5. Re: New User  -  needs script help
                  ricks23678806 Level 1

                  Hi yet again,

                   

                  Can you recommend a good training reference (book, video, etc) that has good examples of doing this sort of stuff ?   Please advise when you get a moment.

                   

                  Till later,
                  Rick S.

                  • 6. Re: New User  -  needs script help
                    Karl Heinz Kremer Adobe Community Professional

                    Rick, there is a good introduction into programming in JavaScript for Acrobat: Beginning JavaScript for Adobe Acrobat

                    Most books/tutorials/trainings about JavaScript assume that you are going to use it within a web browser environment. You can use such a resource, but you need to be aware of where the dividing line between the "core language" and the web browser specific extensions is - you have to stick to the core language, and then fill in the Acrobat specific parts based on the API documentation:

                     

                    Acrobat DC SDK Documentation: Developing Acrobat Applications Using JavaScript

                     

                    Acrobat DC SDK Documentation: JavaScript for Acrobat API Reference 

                    • 7. Re: New User  -  needs script help
                      ricks23678806 Level 1

                      Hi again,

                       

                      Much appreciated!!    :-)

                       

                       

                      Till later,

                      Rick S.