Working with Data Sources
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.