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Hi,

I'm creating a form in adobe acrobat.  It is to purchase studies.  I have a field for the subtotal of the order and I have a field for tax however the tax is only applied to NJ residents so I would want a checkbox next to the textbox that activates the text box. i.e. if the person lives in NJ, they check off the box and the textbox automatically calculates the 6% sales tax but if the checkbox is not checked I would want the textbox to be unactive.  Do you know if this is possible and how I can work it?  I've searched all over the internet and can't find any answers. Thanks in advance!
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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How do you calculater the sum? Are you already using JavaScript for this?

If you do, it's simple: In your routine that calculates the sum, just check if the checkbox is enabled, and if it is, calculate the tax, enable the field for the tax, print the tax amount in this field, and add it to the total.

If you are not yet using JavaScript, it's a bit more involved ...  But before I describe the procedure, I'd like to know if it's neccessary.
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Yes, I'm using JavaScript to calculate the subtotal and the total, it's just adding the fields together.   I'm not sure how you would code the... "if the checkbox is enabled, and if it is, calculate the tax, enable the field for the tax, print the tax amount in this field, and add it to the total"
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by:jks709
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This is what I have now and it's not working:
var f = this.getField("check");
var x = this.getField ("subtotal");
if f = "Yes"
{
event.value = .06 * x
}
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is anyone out there?!?! : (
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Yes, but not always online, and also not always near a computer with Acrobat. I'll be back shortly...
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no problem...i'm just sad that i can't find too much info on this out on the Net.
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Karl Heinz Kremer earned 320 total points
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This is an example for a calculation script that would go into the "tax value" field:

var needTax = (this.getField("CheckTax").value == "Yes");
if (needTax)
{
    event.value = (this.getField("Text1").value + this.getField("Text2").value) * 0.06;
}
else
{
   event.value = 0;
}

You can certainly also use your subtotal field instead of adding up the two field that I used. The key is to set the event.value to 0 when the checkbox is not checked.
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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There are two things you need: A JavaScript tutorial that covers the core JavaScript language (your compare statement is syntactically wrong), and then you need the Acrobat JavaScript reference, which you can download here: http://partners.adobe.com/asn/acrobat/docs.jsp#javascript

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I just tried it.  It still doesn't work...I modified the code to correspond with the names of my textboxes and i tested it....i put a value in the subtotal field and checked off the box and nothing happened.
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It works for me. Open up the JavaScript debugger  (Ctrl-J, or use the menu item). Do you see any error messages?
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Which version of Acrobat are you using?
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I'm using 6.0.  I'll try the debugger and see what happens.
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YAY...it works!!! I realize now that Acrobat is VERY case-sensitive...I had "checkTax" for the checkbox name and "CheckTax" i my script.  I can't thank you enough for your help!!!
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It's not Acrobat, it's JavaScript that's case sensitive. If you want to work more with JavaScript, you really should look into a good book/online-tutorial about the core JavaScript language.
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Really?!! when I program for the web the JavaScript isn't case sensitive...
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