Scrolling Affect: Q&A



Incomplete Printing

What does the 'incomplete printing' mean? Some answers in original forms are printed incompletely without user's knowledge because of scrolling affect.

Are there many fields with scrolling affect in government forms? It depends on the agency.

Can you give an example? There are 526 IRS-2002-Fillable forms. Thousands of fields in a long list of IRS forms have scrolling affect.
There are 57 fill-in BCIS forms. Only 12 fields in three BCIS forms have scrolling affect.

Prevention of Incomplete Printing

Why the prevention of incomplete printing is so important? Because incomplete printing results in incorrect answers in the paper version of the form.

How is it possible for some answers in government forms to be printed incompletely without user's knowledge? Because of the 'scrolling affect'.

Scrolling Affect

What does the 'scrolling affect' mean? It means the following. Some answers can be too long to fit in the field spaces in government forms. However, when an answer becomes too long to fit in the field rectangle, the left part of the text starts to disappear (scroll) automatically without user's knowledge to allow the user to continue to type in the right part of the field.

... Instead of informing the user to stop the typing? Correct.

Does this mean that because of text field scrolling, the user is not limited to type in the field length, but only a visible part of the text is printed? Correct.

Why is the scrolling not eliminated in Acrobat? It can be helpful in some situations.

Why there is no 'scrolling yes/'scrolling no' option in Acrobat? Such option does exist but it is developed only with versions 5.0 and higher.

Why the scrolling is not set to "no" in government forms using Acrobat version 5.0 and higher? This option is relatively new addition to Acrobat.

Why not to set to limit number of characters? It is practical only in some answers (year, social security number, telephone number, tax id number, etc.).

Does the limitation of number of characters eliminates the scrolling affect? Only if limit is smaller than longest answer to fit in the field.

Does this mean that the limitation of number of characters is not the solution? Correct.

Does this mean that the all the improvement is informing the user to stop the typing when an answer becomes too long to fit in the field rectangle? This is the first part of the improvement.

What is the second part? To let the user to type answers of any length in any field rectangle without scrolling the text.

Typing in Answers of Any Length to Fit in the Field Rectangles

How can it be done? By changing the text font and/or reducing the text size.

Can the text size be changed automatically to fit in the field rectangle depending on the length of the text? Yes.

Is this a simple solution? Yes.

Why not to set text size in all field rectangles to be changed automatically? Because there are cons.

What is wrong with this solution? 1. In general, the text size will be different for all fields. 2. Text size in some fields will be very large.

Does this mean that the only good solution is to change the text font and/or reducing the text size in some fields (when an answer becomes too long to fit in the field rectangle)? Yes.




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