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Find and replace depending upon dropdown selection

Community Beginner ,
Apr 21, 2021 Apr 21, 2021

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Hi

 

In my PDF (built using Acrobat Pro) I have a number of fields containing statements relating to students.  For each field, the user currently edits the default text to match the student’s gender – e.g., a statement might read:

 

“[He/she] accepted a place to study….etc” – with the user deleting either "he" or "she" as a appropriate. 

 

It would be really useful if there were to be a script to essentially find and replace all “he/she” “his/her” and “him/her” statements in text boxes with the correct gender pronoun depending upon gender selection from a dropdown list.  Would this be possible?  Thanks.  

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 21, 2021 Apr 21, 2021

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I've created a (paid-for) tool that does just that: https://www.try67.com/tool/acrobat-search-replace-text-in-form-fields

If you wish, I could incorporate it into your form so that it automatically applies those changes based on a selection in a drop-down, although this is not as simple as it seems, and I would think twice if I were you before deciding for people (especially students...) what pronouns they should use.

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Good point.  You’re certainly right to advise caution with regards ascribing gender pronouns.  I worked something out with event.value.replace, but I think there is too much scope for error when automating the gendering of text – best left be! Thanks for the advice. 

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 21, 2021 Apr 21, 2021

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Hi Mark

 

Hope you are dong well and sorry for the trouble. As described, you want to find and replace all “he/she” “his/her” and “him/her” statements in text boxes with the correct gender pronoun depending upon gender selection from a dropdown list using script.

 

Please check out the help page https://www.adobe.com/content/dam/acom/en/devnet/acrobat/pdfs/js_developer_guide.pdf and see if that works for you.

 

Regards

Amal

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