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Old 12-28-2017, 11:55 AM   #1
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Question Would be useful: How to save my answers to some specific Google Docs form?


Something that would be useful to me: I want to save all the answers (including freely written comments/answers, where allowed) to some specific Google Form.

I want:

1. To be able to review, reread all the questions and the answers I chose to make for them;

2. the rereads and reviews I make *must be* completely invisible and unrelated to the actual Form (if the forms continues to exist or not, does not matter at all);

3. I want it to possibly be simple local HTML files (4.01, if that is possible!) that only depends on its own local files to be read; it should make *no network* access of any kind;

4. change the form styles so the hard to read and JS dependent styles for radios and combos and those weird checkboxes are all changed to the simple, working and very old HTML form controls - is that possible? Please do it! One of the most important aspects of my wish.

I do *NOT* want:

1. To be conditioned to the continuing existence of the Form to see the questions again;

2. to be conditioned to the continuing existence of the Form to see the answers I gave to it;

3. to show my answers to anyone (so having a Google account to store that is *not* an option to solve; I do not have and do not want a Google account);

4. but, if I ever decide to show my answer to anyone, I want that to be just the same I want for me alone: local files completely unrelated and invisible to anything, any page, any network activity, something that the person will, of course, have *no guarantee* that I submitted those answers to the (still existing or not) Form;

5. the saved answers to be dependent on *any* javascript to work and being reviewed, even if being a JS guaranteed to be local only and locally saved/copied.

Do you know similar services that anyone can use instead of using the dreaded GF I am focusing here? What would that be? Please point and (if you are feeling inspired) tell us a few words about it.
 
Old 12-29-2017, 04:10 PM   #2
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Are you talking about answers here?
Won't File Menu -> Save Page As... do what you're asking?
In Firefox, it creates a copy of the page in a single html file. I haven't tested other browsers.
 
Old 12-29-2017, 06:16 PM   #3
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Maybe something like filemaker pro sort of form base.

It can be done somewhat in Office base and see if Google has Kexi on cloud maybe. Other than that you can create a php or other web site for your own database. Might be able to figure out way to import the pages you wish.
 
Old 12-31-2017, 09:44 AM   #4
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Red face It was not working! But now it did... ! ):

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Are you talking about answers here?
Won't File Menu -> Save Page As... do what you're asking?
In Firefox, it creates a copy of the page in a single html file. I haven't tested other browsers.
No, that does not work. I tried with a partially filled form. I made two tries:

1. "Save as single HTML" file. The result does not contain any style for the fake radios and checkboxes, and it also does not contain what I wrote in a text field answer (textarea, probably).

2. "Save as complete HTML" file. The result does not contain any style for the fake radios and checkboxes. The radios/checkboxes options I marked are lost. The values in text fields were saved, though.

I have made a few screenshots to show the original and the obtained results... but while making them, it started to work.
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Weird things first, what I did now that possibly fixed it was: reload the original form; enabled offline mode; saved the form as for try 1, saved for try 2, opened each saved page in other 2 tabs.

The "single HTML file" save does *not* work. The "form appearance" is kept, but the values are all lost (radios, checkboxes, free texts).

The "Save as complete HTML" file worked. The "form appearance" is kept, so are the values in radios, checkboxes (did not have any in this test form, but I assume it should work too), and free texts.

But google form is the worse kind of HTML. If I turn the style off, there is nothing meaninful at all in what remains. Just a mess that we cannot understand without making hard associations of lines of text and what they *will magically be* after some style is applied.

Don't you know a similar *service* that will use real HTML form tags (radios, cbs, inputs, textareas, menus and combos, ... anything else?) to the answers?
 
Old 12-31-2017, 09:50 AM   #5
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Maybe something like filemaker pro sort of form base.

It can be done somewhat in Office base and see if Google has Kexi on cloud maybe. Other than that you can create a php or other web site for your own database. Might be able to figure out way to import the pages you wish.
Maybe you missed the important part of my need. There are specific google forms I want to fill and save. Recreating the form in any other tool would take sometime, and a lot of work.

If I wanted to created a site to be easily "saveable", I think I could do it. Creating a service similar to that I mentioned, should not be so hard... that is why I expected and imagined many of people around here would have suggestions (free or open source, preferably) to give.
 
Old 01-02-2018, 04:54 PM   #6
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I read that you wanted to save to not save from.

"Save ... to some specific Google Form."

"There are specific google forms I want to fill and save"


Google help site lists form form builder alternatives.

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Old 01-02-2018, 05:24 PM   #7
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I read that you wanted to save to not save from.
I do not understand this sentence.

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"Save ... to some specific Google Form."
No. I want to save the filled Google Form to a static HTML file, with no network dependencies. But I am also not sure I understood what you meant with this other sentence.

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"There are specific google forms I want to fill and save"
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Google help site lists form form builder alternatives.
You wrote "form" twice, but that is easy to see and dismiss. Builder alternatives listed in google help? Or did you mean a google search? For which words, if that is the case? I will search for that later, although it seems to be something strange for a company do.
 
Old 01-02-2018, 07:07 PM   #8
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"Google form" support web page but I can't find it now.

Really an over-complicated program to be exportable.+

My only guess is to export to pdf and then import to some other process.

Last edited by jefro; 01-02-2018 at 07:46 PM.
 
Old 01-02-2018, 07:18 PM   #9
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"Google form" support web page but I can't find it now.

Really an over-complicated program to be exportable.+
I will try to find it. Thank you.
 
Old 01-02-2018, 07:50 PM   #10
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:55 PM   #11
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in <General> and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
All right. But I decided to post it in Linux General because the solution to my problem probably involves a command, or other software, although the issue itself is not with a linux software (so I did not post in "linux > software").
 
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I use nevernote, a clone of the proprietary Evernote, to keep of journal of my troubleshooting steps and answers I found online to fix issues.
 
  


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