PDF templates do not require an external plug-in for offline template design. A mapping feature for XML data element tags is enabled when the PDF template file is uploaded to the Reporting Tools, BI Publisher, Report Definition, Template page. The BI Publisher PDF mapping functionality enables you to match existing form fields in a PDF template with sample data field tags. You only need to do mapping, if the form field names in the PDF template do not match the tag names in the XML data. This is usually the case when you are using a third-party PDF template (such as government form) and when it is not easy to customize the tag names in XML data to match the PDF form fields. Observe the following guidelines when working with PDF templates regardless of whether you are mapping PDF template fields or tags: If no form fields exist, use the Adobe Professional version to add field tags. If duplicate tags or non-unique tags are in forms obtained from third parties, use Adobe Professional to update the tags. This means that even if the form is mapped, when a tag is in the XML data that matches the PDF template form field tag, it has priority over the map for placing the data. The PeopleSoft implementation for PDF mapping supports full path mapping. Full path mapping is not supported in the BIP Server. Full path mapping should only be used when you have no control on the structure and names of your XML data tags. BI Publisher supports Adobe Acrobat 5.0 (PDF specification version 1.4). If you are using a later version of Adobe Acrobat, use the Third parties most often supply PDF templates in which the form fields already exist inside the form template. For the XML data element tags to know where they should print within the PDF template, a mapping is required between the field elements from the data source and the form field elements in the PDF template. Once a PDF form with editable form fields is mapped to the XML sample data fields, the template is ready for use by BI Publisher. Prior to being able to perform this mapping, some BI Publisher-specific pre-processing of the file is required. This processing requires the existence of an open sample data and the report’s data source. Adobe Standard or above and version 6 or above is required for the template mapping. In the event that the PDF form does not have form fields, the form field and tags can be inserted using the Designer or Professional versions of Adobe. The form field tags can then be mapped to the sample data tags. creates a map-enabled PDF, with the following naming convention. The plug-in enables you to access the data tags by embedding a JavaScript plug-in inside the PDF template. If the PDF template’s field names are the same as the data source's data tag names, then no mapping or uploading of a map file is required. PDF file security has to allow editing and saving for the mapping to be completed. The ability to perform these functions depends on the Adobe version that you are working with. A pop-up dialog box containing an XML tag list that you can select from to insert the field tag when you click the PDF form field. Source.

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