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    Jun 2013

    Document generator / editor workflow


    I am in need of creating a web app (or looking for an existing script) to generate documents in HTML with particular editable fields. The idea is as follows:

    *Generate a web document based on a template with help next/popping up on each field.
    *Edit only particular fields.
    *Allow someone to approve said changes.
    *Save an HTML file to the web server that can later be retrieved to continue editing.

    The idea is actually more complex than that, being able to lock the changes once they're made, moving to a 2nd+ phase allowing the editing of different parts of the document, making backups of the previous versions of the file, among other things, but having the features i mentioned first would be the basis of it and what's mroe important at this point in time.

    I was wondering if all of that would be possible with HTML5 only, or if i'd require any other language or tool to perform those tasks. And also if you could point me to the right direction into what to study / look at to create that, i'd very much appreciate it.

    Thank you!


  2. #2
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    Aug 2012
    i recently built a website for a company with this same concept. How i did it was i created forms in html that populate in a dropdown box. when the for link is selected in populates in a jbox using jquery allowing the user to fill in the form fields. once submitted the form is sent to a directory specified for the admin to access and do what he pleases with. in this case i had it create a pdf file. you could send it by email save as an html file or what ever you need it to do.

    give me more description of your goal and i can post you some of the source code i just recently used.

    if you end up making pdf files there are a lot of good html to pdf plugins out there. they can be a bit confusing but it really comes down to how complexed your task is.

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