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  • Blog Post: Template Parts 101

    So, you’ve heard about this new InfoPath 2007 feature called template parts. You may have even found the option to design one in the Design a Form Template dialog. But what you can do with it and why you would want to bother.. well that’s just a big mystery. So, I’m here to help you out. Template...
  • Blog Post: Data Connections in Template Parts

    Template parts allow a form designer to combine view information, rules, schema, default data and other compatible components of a form template into a package that can be distributed to other form designers and inserted into form templates without manual recreation. Data connections, with some restrictions...
  • Blog Post: Workflow user experience in InfoPath

    Microsoft Office SharePoint workflow can be described as a series of tasks implemented with specific business needs to help people manage their project tasks. In Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007, we provide the workflows user experience for InfoPath forms. Additionally, we enable InfoPath business logic...
  • Blog Post: Integrated Innovation: Access Data Collection

    One of the major bets we continue to work on delivering is the notion of integrated innovation. Across Office, we have applications that are great at certain tasks and one of our jobs is to try and bring those great technologies together to make a fantastic customer experience. A great demonstrations...
  • Blog Post: Interesting InfoPath/SharePoint Blog

    Shoutout to Kristof De Causemaeker - his blog has interesting articles on both InfoPath and SharePoint; couple particularly cool posts: 1) Great walkthrough on template parts, new InfoPath 2007 feature that allows you to modularize components of your form templates. 2) Cool trick on how to make...
  • Blog Post: Data binding between Document Information Panel and Word document

    The Document Information Panel is a Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 form that is hosted and displayed in a Microsoft Office Word 2007, Microsoft Office Excel 2007 or Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 document. It enables users to view and edit properties of a document or a content type that is associated...
  • Blog Post: Aggregation: and many became one...

    In InfoPath 2003, forms were equipped to merge in a simple manner: repeating sections and tables would merge to form one, as would the contents of lists or rich text controls. The remainder of the form was not merged. This functionality proved useful for many scenarios, but there was much more that could...
  • Blog Post: Protecting Sensitive Data

    Frequently, we find developers using InfoPath as a platform for developing solutions that manipulate sensitive data, may it be financial data, patient records, or performance review forms. This article shares tips on protecting such data. First and foremost, you must know that an InfoPath form...
  • Blog Post: Publish faster to even more places with InfoPath 2007

    When designing a form template, publish is an important step to make the form available for end users of the form. In InfoPath 2007, we have made some modifications and improvements to the publish process. This article is intended to highlight some of the key changes you will encounter in the publishing...
  • Blog Post: Getting the XPath without straining your brain

    Yesterday I talked about using System.Xml in the new object model . My code examples included a key part of the InfoPath programming model: looking up fields in the data source using XPath so that you can set and get values.   Unfortunately, figuring out the absolute XPath to a field can be a pain...
  • Blog Post: Use Visual Studio to create InfoPath forms… without code

    Although the primary purpose of Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office (InfoPath 2007 Support) is to add C# and Visual Basic code to your InfoPath form template, you can still take advantage of hosting InfoPath inside Visual Studio to design forms that don't have any code.   When you create a new InfoPath...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices for Rules

    My forms have a bad habit of accumulating more and more rules as I add more and more functionality over time, so I came up with a set of guidelines to keep those rules clean and orderly. Remember that there are four places to add rules On Button Click (in Properties dialog) When...
  • Blog Post: Moving fields in the data source

    As most folks figure out quickly, InfoPath doesn't support drag-and-drop of fields in the data source. There are a lot of technical reasons for this, and even a usability concern that people won't realize they can drag fields onto the form as controls if we also allowed them to drag fields around in...
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