Growing tables in protected form?

Subject: Growing tables in protected form?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, thewriteguy -at- thewritespot -dot- com
Date: Fri, 05 May 2006 09:14:40 -0400

thewriteguy wonders: <<Is there a way in Word to allow a user to add rows to a table in a protected form? A client has a form with tables that tend to grow tremendously sometimes in the number of rows of details required of the submitter.>>

I'm not aware of any such way, but suspect that a quick skim through the online help will reveal how to protect some table cells and leave the others open.

But given that material prepared for public consumption should always be reviewed by a second set of eyes (preferably an editor) before "going live", there's a simple alternative: revision tracking. If you trust the user not to cheat, simply enable revision tracking under the Tools menu so that any changes will be visible to the editor/reviewer. After reviewing the changes, you then approve them to implement the changes.

If you don't trust your users, try Tools-->Protect document, then select tracked changes. This provides weak protection that prevents naive or impatient users from entering changes without letting anyone see what they've done. A skilled or patient user can generally figure out how to break much of this protection (depending on the version of Word you're using) and can work around much of the protection, even if you add a password. But it at least discourages casual abuse.

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