Sunday, 11 September 2011

PDF Forms are Evil

I have to fill out some government forms which are all interactive PDF forms. Some of them even have the ability to save the form data deliberately disabled:

I cannot believe someone at Adobe thought this a good idea. I don't have a printer, so it means printing the stupid form to a postscript file! This doesn't smell like progress to me?

PDF forms are bad for other reasons too. They only seem to work properly with Adobe's PDF reader, so fat chance of using evince for linux or any other open source reader. Even after installing Adobe Reader for linux (shudders) the form is so unusable that you really have to question what the point of them is?

So in conclusion PDF forms are evil.

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