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Visual Studio Tools for Office: Using Visual Basic 2005 with Excel, Word, Outlook, and InfoPath by Eric Lippert, Eric Carter

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12. Introduction to InfoPath

What Is InfoPath?

InfoPath is an Office application that enables users to design and fill out rich, XML-based forms. When designing a form, you can start with a blank form or infer the form structure from an XML data file, an XML schema file, a database, or even a Web service.

Every form can be composed of one or more views. A view is what users see when they fill out the form. Each view consists of one or more controls that are data-bound to XML data nodes. A node is a field or group in the data source that represents an item of the XML data behind the form.

You can add features such as conditional formatting, spell checking, and autocomplete to forms using the form’s designer, but more complex forms might require ...

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