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a way to do this would be to have one submit button, and have the choice of
sending by email or showing a printable version they can fax in be a select
or set of radio buttons.
then customize the php script so at the top of the sequence it reads the
value of that form field and then processes normally if email is chosen or
if print for faxing is chosen goes to a new section that outputs an html
page with the form info displayed so they can print it. If you want multiple
pages (you mentioned a cover letter) it would have to be done in separate
calls to the script, or have the script call a pdf engine on the server to
generate a pdf file the user will be prompted to download and print out.
Given that [AFAIK] this will all be custom scripting, why do you or the
client want this? What does it add? Why give the visitor the choice to print
and fax the info when they have typed it in and it can be sent by Your
server's mail server to email by just pressing the button?
It's really not something that's going to be needed and trying to do it just
isn't worth the effort IMHO unless i'm missing something.
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I agree with you 100%. This is a law firm website and they feel they don't want the user to accuse the firm of limiting their ability to communicate with the firm to only email. I am going to try again to discourage them from adding this ability to the site but if they insist, you have pointed me in the right direction and I will take it from here.
Thank you for your input.
> I agree with you 100%. This is a law firm
Lawyers tend to over analyze everything.
There's a flaw in their logic. To print/fax the form, they have to visit the
web site anyways. If they're already visiting the web site, they could
easily submit the form via email if you set up a server-side forms
If they still insist, then maybe just offer a PDF version of a paper form.
I've used OmniPage in the past for this.
it's incredible too. I scanned the client's printed employment application
and output it as a PDF "form" the user can actually type into the form and
print it out, etc.
Have you seen ContentSeed (www.contentseed.com)?
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>> I agree with you 100%. This is a law firm
> Lawyers tend to over analyze everything.
> There's a flaw in their logic. To print/fax the form, they have to visit
> the web site anyways. If they're already visiting the web site, they could
> easily submit the form via email if you set up a server-side forms
> processing script.
> If they still insist, then maybe just offer a PDF version of a paper form.