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#1 Jan 15 2012 at 12:11 PM Rating: Decent
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Alternate title: Why I never, ever, normally use a piece of **** code editor to build something I can myself in script/coding

So, for my work, I was trying to design a dynamic form as a walkthrough (I won't go into why I went this path, it's... a long story). I was going to manually build it based on an old JavaScript page generation script, but since I'm extremely rusty and not up to snuff on current HTML, I figured I'd look for an alternative way to build this.

Enter InfoPath 2003. It has sections that work like div tags, it has conditional scripting (powered by JS), and was pretty **** easy to build the bulk of the form.

And then I found out that M$ is full of **** rage-inducing, monitor-destroying featureless design and only allows people with the software installed to view the **** damn forms it makes!!!

OK, I say. It has to have a way to convert this to HTML/XML with a JS library. Oh HO HO, you know this is not true, it's MICROSOFT! They have this tool called a Downlevel tool. It supposedly converts the file to XML viewable via a browser. Except it doesn't. It converts it to XML code with no formatting or anything. I tried adding formatting to each of the files, and regardless which I choose, the form does not materialize.

So, all this to say two things:

1 - Anyone know anything about any of this who could shed some light on the how-to on this?

2 - My "time-saving" idea proves once again to always build **** yourself!
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#2 Jan 15 2012 at 6:01 PM Rating: Excellent
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infopath is the devil. I'd need to see the xml to see whats going wrong, but chances are it doesn't like the schema you assigned it.
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#3 Feb 09 2012 at 3:47 PM Rating: Decent
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You know, I never did check back here after posting this.

I can post the info if you like, no real company secrets in any of it. Honestly, I did very little work to translate it because it was a hot mess, so I started building my own in JavaScript :D
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