When you bind the fields in a form design
to a data source, you create an association between the form design
and the data source. The association allows you to capture, present,
move, process, output, and print information that is associated
with the form design.
The data description controls data generation in a form. It ensures
that exported or saved data is valid according to the form’s default
data connection (either from an XML schema or sample XML data).
Fields and subforms that are bound to data that is not defined by
the data description or data connection produce warning messages
in Designer. As well, the data in those fields is not exported in
If some fields are bound to a data source, data in fields bound
by name is lost when the data is saved from Acrobat. When using
a default data connection, all the fields for which you want the
data saved must be bound to the data connection.
Designer enables you to use client-side or server-side binding.
By using client-side binding, you can make immediate changes to
the data. Server-side binding requires that you submit back to the
server to commit changes to the data.
client-side binding, you must have Acrobat or Adobe Reader (with
a rights-enabled form) installed. You need Forms on a Microsoft
server to do server-side database binding.