16. Importers and Exporters

Getting Started

If you’re like most people, you probably have used forms that were created in Word, Excel, or any number of other applications. Filling out forms with these applications works well, but as you’ve seen, InfoPath is the ideal application to use for designing and filling out forms. However, before InfoPath came along, many other applications had to be used to create and fill out forms. Now that you have InfoPath, you’ll likely want to convert those existing forms into InfoPath form templates so you can start collecting the data as structured XML and use that data with back-end processes that consume XML data.

In this chapter, we’ll show you how to use the Word and Excel form importers included with InfoPath ...

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