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The design interface of InfoPath is very straightforward
 A user who wishes to design a form from scratch simply needs to start with a layout table

·      Then use table structures within the form to establish the look and feel of their form.
·      From there, its simply a matter of dragging and dropping the various control structures.
·      Then the controls needed to establish the data characteristics of the form itself.
·      These simple actions alone can produce a form that can create arbitrary XML or publish to a number of XML-based servers.

One of the major benefits of InfoPath is that it is wholly XML-centric. The form design is based on XML schemas (XSD). Form  designers have a choice of either designing a form from scratch or building
a form  based on a preexisting schema. A blank InfoPath form  with an attached schema is shown below
InfoPath views are based on XSL transforms (XSLT). Form  developers can build various views of their data, and  those views are rendered by XSLT automatically generated by InfoPath. Some examples of the uses for views include the following:

 A personnel review in which the managers comments arent visible to the employee being reviewed.

 A routed approval form in which previous approvals are read-only for subsequent approvers.

 A multipurpose form (like those at DMV offices) where certain fields are shown to the user based on the forms purpose.

 A user-friendly data entry interface as well as a formal printed view.

Below figure show two views of an asset  tracking form: one summary view and  one that shows the details of the asset.
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Basic Training Of InfoPath 2007

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Basic Training Of Info Path 2007
   Ø  Introduction of Info Path
v  InfoPath As a Smart Client
v  E-forms
v  InfoPath for Forms Solutions
v  Summary
   Ø Tour of the Info Path Client
v  Form Templates vs Form Data
v  InfoPath and Form Maintenance
v  Tour of the InfoPath Client
v  Rich Text Fields
v  Repeating and OptionalSections
v  File and Picture Controls
v  Views
v  Errors
v  Digitally Signinga Form
v  Form Settings
v  Submitting Forms
v  Exporting Forms
v  Digital RightsManagement
v  Browser Forms
v  E-mailing Forms
v  Forms for Metadata
v  Summary
   Ø Tour of the Info Path Designer
v Introduction to InfoPath Form Design
v Form Design Philosophy
v Creating a New Form
v Types of InfoPath Forms
v The Design Tasks Pane
v Form Layout
v Controls
v Template Parts
v Data Source
v Design Checker
v Publishing the Form Template
v Summary
Ø Info Path Views
v InfoPath Views in Detail
v Form Paging
v Alternative Views
v View Options
v Exporting Views
v Changing Views
v Summary
Ø Publishing InfoPath Forms
v  Publishing Overview
v  Form Security
v  X copy
v  Network Location
v  Via E-mail
v  SharePoint
v  Publishing to a SharePoint Form Library
v  Publishing to a SharePoint Site Asa Content Type
v  Installable Form Template
v  Summary
Ø SharePoint Integration
v  SharePoint Form Libraries
v  Check-In/Check-Out
v  Item-Level Security
v  Versioning
v  Alerts
v  Form Property Promotion/Demotion
v  InfoPath Browser-Capable Forms
v  Creating a Browser-Capable Form
v  Views
v  Forcing Forms to Open in a Browser
v  Browser-Specific Options
v  Saving and Submitting
v  E-mail EnablingDocument Libraries
v  SharePoint Workflow
v  Windows Workflow Foundation
v  Designing a Workflow
v  InfoPath and SharePoint Workflows
v  Summary
Ø Data Connections
v  Overview
v  Data Connections
v  Data Source
v  SQL Server
v  Web Services
v  E-mail
v  Hosting Environment
v  SharePoint
v  Lists
v  Data Connection Library (DCL)
v  Single Sign-On
v  Summary
Ø Importing of forms from other formats
v  Importing Word/Excel Forms
v  Importing Forms
v  Word Forms
v  Excel Forms
v  Cascading Drop-Down Lists
v  Content Types
v  Custom Task Panes
v  Policies
v  Labels
v  Auditing
v Expiration
v  Barcodes
v  Merging Forms
v  Summary
Ø Writing Code in Info Path
v  Visual Studio Tools for Applications (VSTA)
v  InfoPath and Visual Studio
v  Understanding the InfoPath Object Model
v Application
v  Windows/Active Window
v  Xml Form Collection/ Xml Form  Class
v  X path Navigator
v  InfoPath Form Events
v  Manipulating the Form
v  Optional Sections
v  Repeating Sections/Tables
v  File Attachments
v  Working with Data Connections
v  Browser-Capable Forms
v  Security
v  Summary
Ø InfoPath Add-Ins and Task Panes
v  Writing an InfoPath Add-In
v  Creating and Using a Custom Task Pane
v  Hosting InfoPath Forms
v  Hosting an InfoPath Form in a Windows Form
v  Hosting  an InfoPath  Form in an ASP.NET Form
v  Summary
Ø Workflow
v  Windows Workflow Foundation (WF)
v  SharePoint Designer and Workflow
v  Designing Workflow in Visual Studio
v  Creating a Workflow Project
v  Creating the Form Library
v  Creating an InfoPath Workflow Initiation Form
v  Creating an InfoPath Task Editing Form
v  Wiring Up the Workflow
v  Deploying the Workflow
v  Summar
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