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Re: Who benefits of PDF tags aside from screen reader users?


From: Duff Johnson
Date: Aug 29, 2013 3:35PM

> How would you justify creating a PDF form over an HTML one?

Some forms really should be HTML. The archetypical example is a login form.

However some forms are intended to become part of a record; these really should be PDF. The archetypical example is a tax form.

The choice of PDF for a form is usually justifiable based on one or more of the following characteristics (and probably others, but off the top of my head):

- It must be signed
- The design must remain static
- The forms is too long or complex to complete in a single session
- The form must be operable when not connected to a server
- The workflow isn't completely predictable
- Integration with other documents is part of the workflow
- Archiving is part of the workflow
- Proper use of the form includes printing