[Okular-devel] [Bug 293109] New: Enable form filling in presentation mode

reescf at gmail.com reescf at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 01:33:34 UTC 2012


           Summary: Enable form filling in presentation mode
           Product: okular
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Archlinux Packages
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: wishlist
          Priority: NOR
         Component: general
        AssignedTo: okular-devel at kde.org
        ReportedBy: reescf at gmail.com

Version:           unspecified (using KDE 4.8.0) 
OS:                Linux

Okular has several features which I really like including:
- straightforward presentation mode;
- ability to fill out forms and save the result.

However, it is not currently possible to combine these features because Okular
does not allow the filling of forms in presentation mode. Clicking in the text
box does what clicking elsewhere does - it advances to the next slide.

I'm requesting this feature here because Okular is the closest I've found to
being able to do what I need. However, I'm not a developer and I don't know how
easy implementation would be.

acroread does allow filling forms out in presentation mode but unfortunately it
doesn't allow saving the result.

The reason this is useful is because I use beamer to create slides. When the
slides are for use in class, I often include text boxes which I fill in on the
basis of student responses. This means that beamer-produced presentations can
be tailored so that they do not encourage the passivity which powerpoint etc.
sometimes does. (If the answer's on the next slide, why bother answering the
question yourself?)

It is really nice if I can save the filled-out form and post it online so that
students can go back to the completed version later. When I've taught the same
material to multiple groups, I've typically ended up with as many versions
online as I have groups. The initial slides are the same but the different
groups have different ideas and questions, so the completed slides vary.

It would be fantastic if an open source viewer allowed me to do this. It would
also allow me to teach classes using free software. At the moment everything is
produced using free software but what the students see in use is the acroread
binary blob.

I do appreciate that this may not be a feature in great demand but I figure it
cannot hurt to ask!

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
Get a PDF form.
Open in Okular.
Enable form-filling.
Switch to presentation mode.

Actual Results:  
Clicking in a text box in the form advances to the next slide.

Expected Results:  
Clicking in a text box would enable you to type in the text box, to fill out
the form.

Note: I'm guessing that the behaviour I'm seeing maybe a feature and so not
really a bug. But I'm hoping this is because nobody imagined anybody would want
to fill out a form in presentation mode and may therefore reconsider it in the
light of the (hopefully compelling) use-case presented in this report.

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