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In Acrobat:  How do I make a group of radio buttons only appear when a certain checkbox is checked?

Posted on 2015-02-23
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Hi fellas,

I've got an Adobe form I'm working on.  It is intended to document changes to system access (permission changes in AD, access to various financial applications, etc.).  It presents a list of systems available, and next to each one are three radio buttons named Add, Change, or Remove.  I want these radio buttons to be grayed out or invisible or otherwise inaccessible unless a checkbox next to the system name is checked.  

So in short:  When checkbox is checked, radio buttons can be selected.  When unchecked, they are inaccessible.

I figure this will involve some VBScript or JavaScript, but I have no idea (1)what the code will be and (2)how to inject the code into the PDF.
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Karl Heinz Kremer earned 500 total points
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There is no VBScript in Acrobat, all customization is done via JavaScript. Let's assume you have a radio button group named "Group.1" with the three options Add, Change and Remove, and a checkbox named "CheckBox.1" . Open up the field properties for your checkbox and go to the "Action" tab, then add a "Mouse Up" action of "Run a JavaScript" and use the following script:

var res = event.target.name.split('.');
var idx = 0;
if (res.length > 1) {
    idx = res[1];
}

if (event.target.value == "Off") {
    this.getField("Group." + idx).readonly = true;
}
else {
    this.getField("Group." + idx).readonly = false;
}

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You can use the same script for each of your checkbox/group combinations, as long as they all share the same numeric extension (e.g. .1 .2 and .3).
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