Chapter 6: Designing Browser Compatible Forms

In This Chapter

Customizing SharePoint List Forms

Creating and deploying InfoPath Forms

Getting the hang of  with the InfoPath Form Web Part

Wherever you may roam in this book, you’ll see that we consider SharePoint 2010 an impressive application with a ton of standard functionality — including integration with such Microsoft Office applications as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and — relevant to this chapter — InfoPath. This capacity for integration is what makes SharePoint a natural choice for many organizations — especially Microsoft shops — on a quest to boost their employees’ productivity and streamline their business processes.

Book IV, Chapter 5 provides an introduction to InfoPath Designer 2010 and its capabilities. In this chapter, we turn the focus to designing form templates for InfoPath Forms Services, showing you how to get your own browser-compatible form templates up and running in your SharePoint farm. When designing form templates, there are practices that you can adopt to reduce the overall design effort and to aid in the design of efficient and, more importantly, usable forms. For example, putting multi-column tables in your forms can help you keep scrolling to a minimum. Simple design practices such as these help keep your users happy, increasing the likelihood that (a) they’ll fill out the form and (b) you’ll get the data you need. Throughout this chapter we offer you tips and guidance on how best to design ...

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