[FoRK] DBs and online forms
Tue Oct 4 20:40:40 PDT 2005
On Tue, Oct 04, 2005 at 10:17:01PM -0400, Culture Lab wrote:
> 1. users enter information in an online app.
> 2. info is e-mailed to his staff
> 3. she has to fill out loan apps by hand.
> He's interested in developing a way to have that information entered
> directly onto an official app, and it must look just like the offical app
> from BigLoanCo, via PDF.
This is a badly underserved and potentially lucrative market (think
insurance/medicare billing). Last time I was involved in an effort to
fill out official forms from a database, we were looking at using
Advantages: Produces a print-, FAX-, email- and archive-able version
of the form; many official forms are available as PDFs (re-creating an
official form yourself can lead to bureaucratic nitpicking); can work
with scanned forms; easy handling of multipage forms.
Disadvantages: Possibly large files; PDFs aren't directly printable
(though printing can be automated with Ghostscript).
Weird idear: how 'bout a fee-based website that lets folks fill out
forms online, then produces a PDF and/or FAXes/mails 'em for a fee?
"Why retype when you can cut'n'paste? Why buy stamps? Fill it out
before 8:30PM PST and we'll guarantee it gets postmarked that day!"
Just send me some shares,
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