print to pdf - maintaining skip logic?

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Che Geiser

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Apr 27, 2016, 12:04:13 PM4/27/16
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I know it doesn't currently work to print to PDF with the skip logic intact (i.e. if skip logic dictates a field is skipped then it doesn't print). Any thoughts on where to start in the code to add this functionality? I'd like to look into it but don't know where to start.

Thanks,
Che

Martijn van de Rijdt

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Apr 27, 2016, 4:22:27 PM4/27/16
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Hi Che,

This is done in CSS. Removing or overwriting this rule may have the desired effect.

Cheers,
Martijn

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Che Geiser

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Apr 27, 2016, 6:08:13 PM4/27/16
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Hi Martijn,

First I tried editing the theme-kobo.print.css and theme-grid.print.css (my form uses the grid theme, but default on my server is the kobo theme) on my enketo-express server in the /public/css folder. This seemed to have no effect. Then I also edited the theme-plain.print.css and the theme-formhub.pring.css, still no effect.

Should I be restarting the server or enketo service in order to get changes to take effect?

Thank you,
Che


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Martijn van de Rijdt

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Apr 27, 2016, 6:10:17 PM4/27/16
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Ah sorry, don't edit CSS files. They are frequently rebuilt with grunt which removes all your edits. You should edit .scss files and afterwards run grunt to create new css files. That should be all, I think.

Che Geiser

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Apr 27, 2016, 6:17:13 PM4/27/16
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The _print.scss does not have the code: input[type="file"] { // still let it take up space visibility: hidden; }

I've attached the file pulled from /home/enketo/enketo-express/node_modules/enketo-core/src/sass/grid


_print.scss

Che Geiser

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Apr 27, 2016, 6:28:28 PM4/27/16
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Ok, I found _print.scss in /home/enketo/enketo-express/node_modules/enketo-core/src/sass/core and that did have the code you referenced.

I ran grunt, without errors.

It does not seem to have made a change. I also tried rebooting the server, also no effect.

Martijn van de Rijdt

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Apr 27, 2016, 6:31:42 PM4/27/16
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Ok, sorry to hear that. I don't think I can help further, without actually implementing it myself.

Che Geiser

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Apr 27, 2016, 6:32:05 PM4/27/16
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Ok, Thanks for trying!

Jesús Borruel

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Apr 17, 2020, 11:03:13 AM4/17/20
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I am also interested in this, did you ever succeed in not grey-printing the skipping parts? I know it's been a long ago, but just in case...

Thanks!

Ok, Thanks for trying!

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Che Geiser

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Apr 17, 2020, 11:12:42 AM4/17/20
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I never solved that issue. 

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Martijn van de Rijdt

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Apr 17, 2020, 11:41:02 AM4/17/20
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Hi Jesús (and Che),

At some point in the last few years, we have expanded the print functionality and we now even have API endpoints that create a PDF directly (though I am not sure if anybody is using those yet). The logic we are using for all printing to determine whether to show skipped-with-skip-logic fields, is that if the form was loaded with an existing record skipped fields are not included and otherwise they are included (in a lighter color). The idea is that the empty forms can this way be used for manual data collection with paper and pencil.

I'm guessing your use case is:

1. filling out an empty form
2. printing to PDF before submitting

Is that correct? 

If the form/data server (KoBo, Ona, ODK Central?) included a feature that allowed you to download a PDF of a submitted record (without showing skipped fields), would that meet your requirements? If so, I would recommend lobbying the form/data server of your choice to leverage this Enketo feature, because it's all ready and works well!

Thanks in advance for helping us understand your requirements!

Martijn

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Jesús Borruel

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Apr 17, 2020, 12:12:00 PM4/17/20
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Wow !!! 

Thanks so much for such an accurate and prompt answer!!! This functionality rocks!! Yes, I was actually trying to print before submitting...

It was hard to understand the logic behind it, but now it all makes sense. It is right what I needed!

Thanks so much! Best regards

Jesús B.



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