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    Stamp Word Doc (Word 97 <> 2002)

    We create an Invoice through word which is E:Mailed to a recipient for authorisation.
    The doc has a .dot file and through VB, a text file from a server is overlayed to make the invoice.
    I have beens asked if it is possible to include within the document for the recipient to physically either stamp or mark the document "Authorised", for returning back via E:Mail to the original sender.

    Is this possible at all ?

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    Re: Stamp Word Doc (Word 97 <> 2002)

    Probably just what I need in a project that we're about to start...! <img src=/S/cool.gif border=0 alt=cool width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>

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    Re: Stamp Word Doc (Word 97 <> 2002)

    > just what I need

    Good. At the risk of hammering a point too hard, there's no great dependance on the way I did it, more the concept, I think.

    I'm forever trying to dream up ways to sneak data past the client; not in any malicious sense, but in a way that can help to isolate problems if and when they arise. This particular implementation (space-encode digit string) is particularly suited to MY ends.

    I create appliactions that are driven by tables of rules which are held in documents. I assign an eight-digit signature string to such a project on the day I start writing program code. So, Indexer, which first saw the light of day in 1998 has a signature of 19980619. Whenever Indxer reads a rules table, it checks that the signature matches 19980619, and if it does not, can throw up a caution message.

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    Re: Stamp Word Doc (Word 97 <> 2002)

    You could embed a control that trigger a macro that inserts a big piece of WordArt... but as Chris seems to be saying, if you need a method that can prove who did it, that isn't very useful. Encryption and digital signatures are the next game to play.

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    Re: Stamp Word Doc (Word 97 <> 2002)

    > stamp or mark the document

    If you need some sort of "secret" mark that indicates acceptance/approval, then presumably the actual words such as Authorised" are not as significant as the fact that the recipient/returner indicates acceptance of the document.

    I have a scheme (attached) for placing a signature in a document. The signature takes the form of a string of digits (typically the 8-character date in the form YYYYMMDD).

    It uses the leading eight space characters in any document or template as a vehicle for encoding the digit string. If the digit string reads "20040429" then the font size of the leading eight space characters is augmented by those amounts, going, for example, from 10pts to 12, 10, 10, 16, 10, 16, 12, 19 points.

    Testing the signature is as simple as subtracting the digit string and confirming that resultant font sizes are identical.
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