Writing a Web Application to Handle Digital Forms
August 26th, 2016 | Josh Bowen, Community Technologist
It all started a few months ago when we went back to using paper forms because the vendor that provided digital document services changed their prices. I was assigned to take the paper forms and digitize them so my coworkers can upload them to storage. The tediousness of digitizing those forms drove me to search for an alternative. There are a few open source alternatives but none that were simple to set up and use. It was then I decided to make a signature platform for Do Space.
It was with these tools in hand I began to write the webpage. I decided to use the Bootstrap based UI Material Kit (http://www.creative-tim.com/product/material-kit) as the basis for the page. After a few hours of adding HTML tags to the text of the forms I had an idea of what I wanted to do. Thankfully Material kit has some excellent options for form inputs. We only need a name, member ID#, a field for staff verification, and the signature. I decided to display those fields all the time and only load the forms text depending on which one needs to be filled out.
- Identify the need.
- Make sure it hasn’t already been done.
- Look for tools to help.
I couldn’t have finished this without the help of one of our excellent volunteers Todd Hartman. This project was exciting and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Check it out on Github: https://github.com/dospace/dsis