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From Maruan Sahyoun <sahy...@fileaffairs.de>
Subject Re: Trouble With Dots In Field Names
Date Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:21:12 GMT
Hi,

> Am 24.09.2016 um 17:13 schrieb Evan Williams <evan.williams@zapprx.com>:
> 
> I have a problem, but I think it's non-terminal.
> 
> I have been using PDFBox to work with forms for about a year and a half,
> and I have a handle on many things, but I have a persistent and pernicious
> issue with forms where fields have periods ('.') in their name.

would it be possible to upload a sample to a public location to take a look.

BR

Maruan

> 
> These forms are from external sources and are typically old school
> AcroForms. Because of the nature of the forms (medical), they often contain
> decimal values like '0.5 mg' or 'W55.21'. These forms do not seem to have
> ever been meant to be read programatically. They are for human consumption.
> 
> As far as I can tell, '.' is a magic character used by fully qualified
> names that delineates elements of the path. So when I iterate over the
> fields I get a bunch of name fragments as 'PDNonTerminalField's and regular
> fields.
> 
> My current way of dealing with this is to waste the time of a skilled
> graphic designer, or my own time, manually going in and fixing it. This is
> mostly just an annoyance. But annoyances add up. And I am trying to
> automate as much as I possibly can in dealing with these forms.
> 
> *Is there any obvious way to identify this corrupt situation and correct it*
> 
> I wonder if I Am just doing something wrong (I am iterating over the
> fields in the time honored way that the form example that is included with
> PDFBox uses).
> 
> Adobe Acrobat seems perfectly happy to deal with fields containing periods
> (including, unfortunately, allowing people to create them). So there must
> be some way to deal with this.
> 
> Your advice would be of great service to me.
> 
> Thank you.
> -- 
> *Evan Williams*
> Sr. Software Engineer
> evan.williams@zapprx.com
> 
> *www.ZappRx.com <http://www.zapprx.com/>*


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