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Submitting Forms

Before setting up a form for submit, you should consider an important question: What does it mean to submit the form? Does the form data just go to the company’s SharePoint site? Do you need to first do a Web service query, verify some data the user entered, and then finally (if the verification was successful) send the data to a database? Or does submit mean sending only half of the data source to a Web service and, at the same time, sending an e-mail to your team? As you can see, the concept of submit is very loosely defined. However your form submit ends up, it is the finalizing action of filling out the form. By the time a user submits the form, you should have collected all of the data you need from him or her. Once you figure out what it means to submit, it will be trivial to apply the various techniques we talk about in this section to meet your submit goals.

Introduction to Submit Data Connections

There are eight different ways to set up submitting your form. Five of those ways actually send data directly to a storage medium such as a database. The other three are extensible mechanisms that can be highly customized. The extensible submit mechanisms can be set up to send the form data to storage media as well.


  

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