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Word 2010: Forms in Depth
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Binding the schema nodes to the controls


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Word 2010: Forms in Depth

with Gini Courter

Video: Binding the schema nodes to the controls

Having created our schema for our Word template we're now ready to bind each of the nodes here back to a content control in our form. So I'm going to switch to Bind View and note that when I open each of these up, we have these nice containers that say these two nodes are companyinfo, these five are part of our serviceinfo. In order to do binding what you do is you first select the item. It doesn't matter if you double-click it. Nothing happens, so it's a fine thing to do. Grab its icon and go drop it on the corresponding tag.

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Word 2010: Forms in Depth
2h 4m Intermediate May 24, 2011

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In this course, author Gini Courter introduces the form creation tools found in Word 2010 and shows how to produce electronic forms that are visually pleasing and easy to navigate. The course covers designing a form; capturing data effectively with dropdown lists, date pickers, and check boxes; and adding controls for repeating data using the Word Content Control Toolkit. The course also includes tutorials on testing, protecting, and distributing forms.

Prerequisite Course: Word 2010 Essential Training

Topics include:
  • Setting up a form
  • Customizing pre-built Microsoft.com templates
  • Inserting content controls
  • Saving a form as a template
  • Troubleshooting form issues
  • Understanding Building Blocks
  • Creating a schema using the Content Control Toolkit
Subjects:
Business Forms
Software:
Office Word
Author:
Gini Courter

Binding the schema nodes to the controls

Having created our schema for our Word template we're now ready to bind each of the nodes here back to a content control in our form. So I'm going to switch to Bind View and note that when I open each of these up, we have these nice containers that say these two nodes are companyinfo, these five are part of our serviceinfo. In order to do binding what you do is you first select the item. It doesn't matter if you double-click it. Nothing happens, so it's a fine thing to do. Grab its icon and go drop it on the corresponding tag.

So here's our submitdate date picker and I'm going to drop it right there. When I do there's a piece of XPath that gets written that says how you would get here. You go to the root in the schema and then to submitdate. I'm going to double-click on legalname and do the same thing with it and drop it on legalname over here in my content controls. Double-click shortname, grab it, and drop it on company short name, and so on. So I'm just going to bind each of these, make sure they're in the right place. There we go! Now again I don't have to bind every content control, particularly ones I don't choose to reuse.

There are some folks who would say once you bind some of them you should probably bind all of them. That's so you have a more complete schema over here, but it's really up to you. So let's save this and again we're saving our template, our LETTER OF AGREEMENT-NO REPEAT.dotx template, and I can go ahead and close the Content Control Toolkit now that all of my different nodes are bound back to the content controls.

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