Upload vCard instead of filling out a form?

2 Mar 2005 - 4:43pm
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Dave Malouf
2005

I know lots (too many) of companies request some sort of information in
exchange for some sort of content, like demos and the like. They see this as
a "fair" trade as if what they are offering is worth someone's information.
Let's put aside the theory for a second.

Has anyone thought of simplifying these forms, but offering the capability
of uploading a vCard file instead of filling out the form?

The info can be extracted and validated pretty easily, but it is like 1-step
instead of a form, right?

I realize that there are a ton of issues w/ this, but I was curious if
anyone has at least started to take them on or not.

Thanx!
-- dave

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2 Mar 2005 - 5:44pm
Daniel J. Wilson
2005

On Mar 2, 2005, at 1:43 PM, David Heller wrote:

> Has anyone thought of simplifying these forms, but offering the
> capability
> of uploading a vCard file instead of filling out the form?
>
> The info can be extracted and validated pretty easily, but it is like
> 1-step
> instead of a form, right?
>
> I realize that there are a ton of issues w/ this, but I was curious if
> anyone has at least started to take them on or not.

I mocked up a browser-based solution several months ago:

http://blog.wilsonet.com/archives/2004/11/26/redress-for-addressing/

I'd much rather see this issue taken care of on the client side by way
of browser-PIM interaction.

Daniel J. Wilson
http://blog.wilsonet.com

2 Mar 2005 - 7:31pm
Daniel J. Wilson
2005

On Mar 2, 2005, at 3:00 PM, David Heller wrote:

> Awesome!!!
>
> I LIKE It!

Thanks! Having to repeatedly enter information already available in
another data store is irritating and can be largely eliminated by
providing inter-application communication.

> Does anyone else find that auto-complete is not too auto, nor is it
> very
> complete?

It is best used when the type of data expected is well defined. I find
auto-completion irritating in most search fields because they are for
arbitrary text, but fairly useful when filling out forms.

Daniel J. Wilson
http://blog.wilsonet.com

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