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10.1. What Is InfoPath?

InfoPath encompasses both a development environment for building business forms and a run-time forms application meant to be deployed on the end user's desktop. InfoPath "solutions," as they're called, are developed to enable end users to create and edit particular kinds of XML documents without having to know anything about XML. A different solution is developed for each kind of information that needs to be gathered, where "each kind of information" corresponds to an XML document type, or schema. Figure 10-1 shows one of the sample forms that come bundled with InfoPath. An average business user can fill out this form to create a valid instance of an XML schema—for meeting agendas in this case. Notable features of this form include the use of InfoPath's built-in date picker control and the use of repeating sections (one for each agenda item).

Figure 10-1. One of InfoPath's sample forms being filled out



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