Working with Data Sources

You can create form designs that go beyond simple data capture. Using Designer, you can integrate your form designs with corporate databases or web services to build and maintain data capture solutions that read from, validate against, and add to corporate data sources. To do this, you connect your form design to one or more data sources and bind the data to one or more fields in your form design.

You can connect and bind fields to these data sources:

XML schemas
XML schemas specify how to formally describe the elements in an XML document. By connecting to an XML schema, you can bind the elements and attributes defined in the schema to fields in the form design. You can also select the XML data root element to use for the connection.

OLEDB databases
OLEDB is a Microsoft integration standard, which provides low-level application program interface (API) to data across an organization. By connecting to an OLEDB database, you can create form designs that serve as a data entry or capture tool for enterprise database servers. You can also use a database to provide content for portions of a form at run time.

Sample XML data
By connecting to an XML file, you can bind fields to the elements and attributes defined in the XML file. This method is useful when you do not have an XML schema, but you have an XML file that you can use as a sample.

Adobe Data Model
Connecting to an Adobe Data Model enables you to bind elements, attributes, and relationships described in the model to fields in the form. You can then use server-side processing to merge the form design with data based on the model.

Web Service Definition Language (WSDL) files
WSDL files describe web services by using XML. By connecting to a WSDL file, you can bind fields in a form design to one or many web services. You can create a data connection to a WSDL document on a web server and use HTTP/HTTPS or message level authentication, or both, to control access.

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