Hi all
i have some infopath forms ,all dynamic xml files for input data and recode them in a Dbank, on my box Infopath installed but i prefer the cilent side [ end users] can view and use the forms without infopath,actually IE shows it as a tree form and some plugins for IE make non Dynamic or no Dbank relation view, i need user may view the forms by something routine such as IE ... prefer dose not need infopath to fill out the forms, any suggestion, command may be useful, i wish i choose the related forum ,thnx in advanced.
sastwhc

hi friend,

Do all users need a copy of InfoPath on their workstations?
Resolution

Yes and no. In order to fill out forms created in InfoPath with all of the
rich-client functionality and data
validation available in that environment, users will need a copy of
InfoPath installed on their workstation. There won't be an free control or
Web Component for editing InfoPath forms.

InfoPath provides a rich user experience that goes beyond what you normally
get with a Web-based form. For example, InfoPath provides data validation
for the form as the user fills it out. Validation can detect errors at the
schema level, through logical constraints, and even through script. This
validation occurs immediately, so the user doesn't have to submit the
entire form before finding out there's an error.

InfoPath also provides conditional formatting, so your form can be more
responsive to user input. For example, you might have a field that changes
it's background color to red whenever an unusual (but not illegal) value is
entered. Again, this occurs as soon as the value is entered, so the user
has a chance to react appropriately.

InfoPath provides the ability to work on a form offline, or to interrupt
work on a form and come back to it at a later time, something web-based
forms simply can't offer. InfoPath can easily make use of SQL Server and
Access databases, and existing XML files, in addition to Web Services,
without having to write low-level code. InfoPath also provides the ability
to easily merge the data in multiple forms into one document. This is a
powerful ability and one that we expect customer's will really like.

However, there may be times that you don't need this rich functionality.
The data in an InfoPath form is saved in standard XML format, so you can
access the data with just Internet Explorer or Notepad. You can create an
XSLT transform that converts the XML data into standard HTML for viewing
(or use the View*.XSL transforms that InfoPath creates). See below for
more information.

Status: This behavior is By Design

How can a user that does not have InfoPath installed view a Form saved in a
SharePoint Team Services Form Library?
Resolution

All that is stored in an InfoPath file is the raw XML data for the form.
This is what you see when you open the file on a machine that doesn't have
InfoPath installed. Internet Explorer will apply a default view transform
to produce the treeview and display that. This is expected behavior, and
there aren't any plans currently to change it.

If you wish, you can make a few modifications that will allow IE to display
the XML file with the same transform that it uses to display in InfoPath,
or when you Export the Form to Web. You need to add a default stylesheet to
your XML files so IE knows to use your transform instead of the default
treeview transform. To do so, follow these steps (in Beta2):

1. Open your form template in design mode.
2. Select "Extract Form Files" from the "File" menu and save the files to a
folder.
3. In the files you extracted from the form template, open the
"Template.xml" file with Notepad or Wordpad.
4. Immediately under the <?xml> tag, add an <?xml-stylesheet> tag that
points to the view, like this:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl"
href="http://MySTSServer/MyFormLibrary/Forms/view1.xsl"?>
<?mso-infoPathSolution solutionVersion="1.0.0.12" href="manifest.xsf"
productVersion="11.0.4920" PIVersion="0.9.0.0" ?>

5. If you don't want the XML file to open in InfoPath (if it's installed),
remove the following line from the template.
<?mso-application progid="InfoPath.Document"?>
Note: You cannot remove the <?mso-infoPathSolution> PI from the template.
If InfoPath doesn't find this PI in the template file, it will not consider
it valid and you won't be able to create new forms based on it.
6. Save and close "Template.xml". Now any new forms you create from this
template will have the stylesheet specified.
7. In the files you extracted from the form template, open the
"Manifest.xsf" file in design mode.
8. Publish the form template to the SharePoint Form Library using "Publish"
from the "File" menu. These steps won't make any breaking changes to
existing forms, so you can choose to "Modify and Existing Form Library" if
you wish.
9. On your SharePoint Team Services site, navigate to the Forms Library and
switch to "Explorer View".
10. Open the "Forms" folder and copy the view1.xsl file into that folder.
(If you have a different view you would prefer to use, copy that instead.)
11. Perform steps 4 and 5 for any existing documents in your form library
so they will open the way you want.

NOTE: Users should be careful about saving forms that have this
modification to their local machines. The transform will still operate
from this location, but any script or HTML in the transformed file will
operate with Local Machine privileges. This means that arbitrary script in
the file could run without warning, potentially exposing the user to damage.

Dear Sir
Really nice tips, i wished find out something like a plugin or a light and easy to use broser or viewer with RICH CONTROLS without using Infopath and MSOffice in client side to fill the inertactive Infopath Forms, but sounds there is no way to have controls and using usual browsers to fill out INFOPATH Forms, thnx for reply, if there is anyother solution let me know ,thnx again and nice time.
Best REGARDS
SASTWHC

Dear Sir
Really nice tips, i wished find out something like a plugin or a light and easy to use broser or viewer with RICH CONTROLS without using Infopath and MSOffice in client side to fill the inertactive Infopath Forms, but sounds there is no way to have controls and using usual browsers to fill out INFOPATH Forms, thnx for reply, if there is anyother solution let me know ,thnx again and nice time.
Best REGARDS
SASTWHC

Have you tried Infoview - www.infoview.net?

Extract from the website:

InfoView is a tool to create web forms from Microsoft InfoPath forms.

With InfoView your organization can:
Publish InfoPath forms to the web - providing external users who do not have InfoPath on their desktops the same rich and dynamic user experience of InfoPath forms with web forms
Leverage XML standards to capture data via web forms and route data into back-end systems with no manual operation

hi,
i did exactly what u have posted there but still, my form that is on the sharepoint site still opens the infopath. can u help me further?? or do you have any other ideas on how to show infopath forms without opening infopath? Thank you very much. i really appreciate your reply.
Thanks:cheesy:

hi friend,

Do all users need a copy of InfoPath on their workstations?
Resolution

Yes and no. In order to fill out forms created in InfoPath with all of the
rich-client functionality and data
validation available in that environment, users will need a copy of
InfoPath installed on their workstation. There won't be an free control or
Web Component for editing InfoPath forms.

InfoPath provides a rich user experience that goes beyond what you normally
get with a Web-based form. For example, InfoPath provides data validation
for the form as the user fills it out. Validation can detect errors at the
schema level, through logical constraints, and even through script. This
validation occurs immediately, so the user doesn't have to submit the
entire form before finding out there's an error.

InfoPath also provides conditional formatting, so your form can be more
responsive to user input. For example, you might have a field that changes
it's background color to red whenever an unusual (but not illegal) value is
entered. Again, this occurs as soon as the value is entered, so the user
has a chance to react appropriately.

InfoPath provides the ability to work on a form offline, or to interrupt
work on a form and come back to it at a later time, something web-based
forms simply can't offer. InfoPath can easily make use of SQL Server and
Access databases, and existing XML files, in addition to Web Services,
without having to write low-level code. InfoPath also provides the ability
to easily merge the data in multiple forms into one document. This is a
powerful ability and one that we expect customer's will really like.

However, there may be times that you don't need this rich functionality.
The data in an InfoPath form is saved in standard XML format, so you can
access the data with just Internet Explorer or Notepad. You can create an
XSLT transform that converts the XML data into standard HTML for viewing
(or use the View*.XSL transforms that InfoPath creates). See below for
more information.

Status: This behavior is By Design

How can a user that does not have InfoPath installed view a Form saved in a
SharePoint Team Services Form Library?
Resolution

All that is stored in an InfoPath file is the raw XML data for the form.
This is what you see when you open the file on a machine that doesn't have
InfoPath installed. Internet Explorer will apply a default view transform
to produce the treeview and display that. This is expected behavior, and
there aren't any plans currently to change it.

If you wish, you can make a few modifications that will allow IE to display
the XML file with the same transform that it uses to display in InfoPath,
or when you Export the Form to Web. You need to add a default stylesheet to
your XML files so IE knows to use your transform instead of the default
treeview transform. To do so, follow these steps (in Beta2):

1. Open your form template in design mode.
2. Select "Extract Form Files" from the "File" menu and save the files to a
folder.
3. In the files you extracted from the form template, open the
"Template.xml" file with Notepad or Wordpad.
4. Immediately under the <?xml> tag, add an <?xml-stylesheet> tag that
points to the view, like this:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl"
href="http://MySTSServer/MyFormLibrary/Forms/view1.xsl"?>
<?mso-infoPathSolution solutionVersion="1.0.0.12" href="manifest.xsf"
productVersion="11.0.4920" PIVersion="0.9.0.0" ?>

5. If you don't want the XML file to open in InfoPath (if it's installed),
remove the following line from the template.
<?mso-application progid="InfoPath.Document"?>
Note: You cannot remove the <?mso-infoPathSolution> PI from the template.
If InfoPath doesn't find this PI in the template file, it will not consider
it valid and you won't be able to create new forms based on it.
6. Save and close "Template.xml". Now any new forms you create from this
template will have the stylesheet specified.
7. In the files you extracted from the form template, open the
"Manifest.xsf" file in design mode.
8. Publish the form template to the SharePoint Form Library using "Publish"
from the "File" menu. These steps won't make any breaking changes to
existing forms, so you can choose to "Modify and Existing Form Library" if
you wish.
9. On your SharePoint Team Services site, navigate to the Forms Library and
switch to "Explorer View".
10. Open the "Forms" folder and copy the view1.xsl file into that folder.
(If you have a different view you would prefer to use, copy that instead.)
11. Perform steps 4 and 5 for any existing documents in your form library
so they will open the way you want.

NOTE: Users should be careful about saving forms that have this
modification to their local machines. The transform will still operate
from this location, but any script or HTML in the transformed file will
operate with Local Machine privileges. This means that arbitrary script in
the file could run without warning, potentially exposing the user to damage.

Hello,

We have developed a product called SharePoint Forms (www.sharepointforms.com) that uses InfoView technology and does exactly what you are asking for in allowing users to open, edit and submit forms in a SharePoint 2003 forms libraries without InfoPath on their desktop.

Regards,
c_m77

Hi,

I am working on moss and i want to download the eform without using infopath at client side or i do not have infopath on my client machine. please advice me for either plugin or client tool that is free from license or do not required any license.

Thx
Rakesh

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