One of the most anticipated new features introduced with InfoPath 2007 and MOSS is the ability to gather data using browser-based forms. This capability greatly extends the reach of electronic forms because users are no longer required to have the InfoPath client application installed in order to fill out a form. With InfoPath Forms Services enabled, they can edit many forms directly in their web browser.
Although there are many limitations to the functionality of browser-based forms, they are essential for many critical business solutions. Figure 14-23 shows the sample expense report form open in a web browser.
Although there is a lot of power and value in using browser-based forms, the true intention of this feature is to extend the reach of forms that would otherwise not be available to a significant number of users. It is not intended to replace client-based forms. To get the most benefit from the Forms Services layer, you can create two views within your form—one for the browser and another for the client.
With a little planning, you can achieve good results by designing your forms for both environments and then disabling the client-only views when the form is displayed in the browser and vice versa. An example of this approach might be a form that retrieves the information needed to generate a medical patient summary ...