Sharepoint 2010 : InfoPath Forms Services - InfoPath Overview (part 1)

8/12/2014 9:13:28 PM

From a technical perspective, InfoPath is an XML-based editor. Ultimately, an InfoPath form is an XML style sheet that makes use of XML-based data both for populating the form and for retrieving data from external data sources. For the most part, the bare bones XML functionality is hidden from the end user. However, as we take a closer look at the features available, you’ll begin to see a few telltale signs. When we move on to look at creating code behind our InfoPath forms, you’ll see how the application hangs together.

InfoPath Forms Services

Introduced in MOSS 2007, InfoPath Forms Services allows forms created using the InfoPath client application to be rendered as HTML, allowing users to complete forms without having the client application installed.

Most services in SharePoint 2010 are implemented as service applications and are configured via the Manage Service Applications option in Central Administration. InfoPath Forms Services works a bit differently and can be configured as follows:

  1. Open SharePoint Central Administration.

  2. Select General Application Settings from the Central Administration pane on the left:

    In the InfoPath Forms Services section, you’ll see various configuration links.Generally speaking, the default configuration is appropriate for most situations. The Manage Form Templates and the Manage Data Connection Files options are useful for allowing you to manage form templates and connections.

    To enable InfoPath Forms Services within a web site, you must enable the SharePoint Server Enterprise Site Collection features at the site-collection level. To add these features, take the following steps:

  3. From the Site Actions menu, select Site Settings.

  4. In the Site Collection Administration section, click Go To Top Level Site Settings.

  5. In Site Collection Administration, choose Site Collection Features. If it’s not already activated, click the Activate button next to SharePoint Server Enterprise Site Collection Features.

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