1 Reply Latest reply on May 22, 2009 8:17 AM by usevans

    Purpose of a comb field


      Lets talk in terms of forms design and comb fields.  I'm having a difficult time understanding why a comb field should be used on printed form ( not talking livecycle e-form) for any purpose other than supporting intelligent character recognition (ICR) or hand-text. Why would a forms developer attempt to generate machine type into a comb field?  My understanding of comb fields are that the form will be scanned and data will attempt to be extracted via a scanning solution. I think Adobe has created in its livecycle design a capability that most do not understand.   Comb fields are preferred for input, however do little on the output side and are actually a hinderance in data display.

        • 1. Re: Purpose of a comb field
          Hodmi Level 4

          There are a lot of organizations that require combs for compliance reasons.  For example there are quite a few government organizations that require that the electronic form exactly match a pre-existing paper based form (the so-called light test). If the old paper-based form has a comb, then so must the electronic version.


          Also forms may be used for both print-and-fill as well as electronic entry (with the same form)


          If you don't like the combs, just don't use 'em.