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Hi everyone-  I currently work on a flat html site with no asp capabilites for form processing or programmers that can create online forms for me.  Is anyone using google docs as a solution for this until more resources can be found?  Just wondering if anyone is in the same boat as I am.

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What do you plan to use it for? I'm a huge fan of Google Forms! I'm not a programmer. It's easy to use, displays results nicely, pretty templates to choose from and it all goes into a Google spreadsheet. It's a little glitchy, it doesn't display large blobs of text very well, and the text on the pretty charts get cut-off sometimes. I've mostly used it for data collection. Here is a test form I did awhile ago, it uses every type of question (multiple choice, checkboxes, scale, grid, list, etc.) http://tinyurl.com/clcpr01
I was hoping to use it for student registrations for events. Have you ever done anything like that before? Just to collect name, email, and basic information. We used to use frontpage to use do forms, but its so old school, and take so long. Thanks for the response!
I haven't collected that type of information before, but it should work out just fine. I don't think Google Forms has any verification options though.. so if someone puts in a bad email address, it probably wouldn't catch that. It doesn't hurt to try, right? And it's really easy to use, I think you'll like it :)
While I do like the idea of having all my own content stored in house, the Google Forms idea seems good. Looks like they can be styled any way you choose, and the spreadsheet is automagically created for you. This can be of great benefit to non-programmers.

Currently when my school send out surveys we dump all the data into a database, which gives us the flexibility to create all kinds of wierd reports and sorts, but it also means someone needs to know what they are doing. Google Forms I feel would suffice even in those situations.

Give it a shot. If it is easy to work with then I say go for it (disclaimer: make sure it is ok to have your content elsewhere with the school).
I used Google Docs for many forms. It's an incredible platform and requires no on-site backend to handle the data... plus it all dumps out into something that most folks without any technical experience can understand: something that looks functionally identical to an Excel spread sheet.

GoogleDocs is quickly becoming mainstream and widely adopted, and particularly because of the form handling. The Scott Brown campaign was run almost entirely from Google services... Docs, forms, Google Voice, and it worked very well for them. All Things Considered had Rob Willington, one of the campaign managers, on last weekend to talk about the flexibility of their software, coupled with it's exceptionally low cost.

When students and faculty come to me with form advice, I almost always send them to Google Docs.

Also, you can style the form however you want it.. even the "thank you" page. Do a quick search for "Styling google docs forms," You just copy out the form elements, rip the CSS document from Google and then make the appropriate style changes. For the thank you page, you can use a hidden iframe that grabs the form data while simultaneously sending users to the "Thank You" page that you want to send them to.
I am using Google Forms for a member survey for a Ning. So far, so good. Only problem brought to my attention was frustration with submitting due to required fields (1 user complaint) so I removed the requirements.

I also use Google Forms for post-course survey for seminar series. I leave the form in a shared folder with seminar related materials. My seminar development team all have access to that shared folder in GooDocs, so they can jump in and look at results whenever. For that survey, I embedded it in a Google Site and also sent it out via email. I like the report out - very easy to generate report with data in clean, crisp simple charts.

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