In this tip article we can see the advantages of InfoPath Forms compared with SharePoint List Forms.
You know that we for a SharePoint List, for new / edit / delete operations we can invoke:
· SharePoint Built-in Forms
· InfoPath Forms
Following are the screen shot of both the forms:
Following are the advantages of using InfoPath Forms compared with the default forms.
|Custom Design Possibility||We can design the forms using InfoPath Designer which allows much more layout & user control choice.|
|Better Formatting Options||More colors & data formatting options are possible.|
|Better Validation Options||Better validations are possible|
|Better Data Entry through Repeating & Nested Sections||Repeating Sections allow capturing of repeating set of data. For example multiple contacts addresses with same kind of fields like address, city, and state.|
|Lookup Data from various sources||We can lookup through different data sources like external content, web services etc.|
|Offline Form Filling||Forms can be send to users for offline filling (through email attachment)|
|Digital Signature||Users can digitally sign the form|
|Managed Code Integration||We can write custom code for much more control.|
|Late Form Submissions||Completed forms can be submitted later on through the Submit feature of InfoPath form filler.|
The advantages are depicted below:
In this article we have gone through the advantages of InfoPath forms compared with SharePoint forms. I hope this will give good grip in advocating InfoPath forms with the customer.
Please note that InfoPath client will be discontinued after Office 2013. link