Use of Online Forms for Communication
Efficient and accurate collection of essential information needed to make decision or collect views of people requires some form. Web generated forms or online forms are contained in a web page and are highly suited for surveys. Data is entered on the online form which is then sent to the servers for processing. Checkboxes, radio buttons or text fields are used when filling online forms which look for the same to paper or database forms. More than one or no item selected can be done in a checkbox or the unselected state also restored. Radio buttons also referred to as option buttons are graphical control element that allows the user to choose only one of a predefined set of mutually exclusive options. Radio buttons and checkboxes have a list of circular holes containing white space for the unselected and a dot for the selected. The user is enabled to input text information to be used by the program usually in a rectangle with a border that separates the text box from the rest of the interface by the use of a text box or text field.
There is a number of elements in the graphical user interface for creating a form. A text input is just a simple text box allowing input of a single line of text. Personal information can be risky if it lands on the wrong hands hence alternatives are sought so that when inputting such personal data such as replacing the text with symbols or making the text not to be seen.to enhance security. A radio containing radio button and a file used for file select control for uploading a file are other elements. Reset button activated to restore all values to their initial values, a text area allowing for multiple rows of data to be entered, and a select which is a drop-down list with a list of items where the user can select the button, are also parts of the major elements of an online form. Finally, there is a submit button for sending the form to the server.
Microsoft word, excel and other application are suitable for making online forms. Online forms might sometimes require being converted into pdf which is done using pdf form builder apps. The online form builder apps are built to work on any website and are flexible enough to make anything from a simple contact form to detailed multi-page survey. The apps are also simple and fast to use.
Regular use of online forms for an organization helps people to collect information, learn the preference of people as well as gather feedback. Online forms create a bridge for communication between the organization and the users of the form.