InfoPath 2007 controls and features that are not supported in mobile browsers

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you have access to a server running InfoPath Forms Services, you can design a browser-enabled form template (browser-enabled form template: A browser-compatible form template that has been published to a server running InfoPath Forms Services, and that has been browser-enabled so that users can both display and fill out the form in a Web browser.). If you design such a form template, your users will not require Microsoft Office InfoPath to fill out the form. Instead, they can fill out the form by using a Web browser.
If a significant portion of your form users must fill out their forms on a mobile device, you can design a special type of form template for them to fill out in a mobile device browser. You should understand, however, that certain InfoPath features and controls work differently in those templates, or are not supported.

Support for form controls

You can use the following table to determine whether InfoPath Forms Services supports a particular InfoPath control.
Since mobile device browsers do not support HTML tables, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and certain other browser technologies, some controls appear differently in a mobile device browser than they do in a desktop browser.
Furthermore, mobile device browsers completely ignore some controls; for example, a file attachment control.
Full support icon = Full support Partial support icon = Partial support No support icon = No support
InfoPath 2007 controlDesktop browsersMobile device browsers
Text boxFull support iconFull support icon
Check boxFull support iconFull support icon
ButtonFull support iconFull support icon
Expression boxFull support iconFull support icon
List boxFull support iconFull support icon
Drop-down list boxFull support iconFull support icon
Repeating sectionFull support iconFull support icon
HyperlinkFull support iconNo support icon
Option button 1Full support iconNo support icon
Optional section 2Full support iconNo support icon
Repeating table 3Full support iconNo support icon
File attachment controlFull support iconNo support icon
Date picker 4Partial support iconPartial support icon
Rich text boxPartial support iconNo support icon
ActiveX controlNo support iconNo support icon
Bulleted list controlNo support iconNo support icon
Choice groupNo support iconNo support icon
Choice sectionNo support iconNo support icon
Combo boxNo support iconNo support icon
Horizontal repeating tableNo support iconNo support icon
Horizontal regionNo support iconNo support icon
Ink picture controlNo support iconNo support icon
Master/detail controlNo support iconNo support icon
Multiple-selection list boxNo support iconNo support icon
Numbered list controlNo support iconNo support icon
Picture controlNo support iconNo support icon
Plain list controlNo support iconNo support icon
Repeating choice groupNo support iconNo support icon
Repeating recursive sectionNo support iconNo support icon
Scrolling regionNo support iconNo support icon
Vertical labelNo support iconNo support icon

1Consider using a drop-down list box instead.
2Consider using multiple views instead.
3Consider using a repeating section instead.
4In mobile device browsers, the date picker appears as a text box with data validation.

Support for business logic

You can add business logic to your form template to help prevent data-entry errors and to automate specific actions in the form for the user. In particular, you can use data validation (data validation: The process of testing the accuracy of data; a set of rules you can apply to a control to specify the type and range of data that users can enter.), conditional formatting (conditional formatting: The process of changing the appearance of a control, including its visibility and read-write state, based on values entered into the form.), and rules (rule: A condition or action, or a set of conditions or actions, that automatically performs tasks based on events and values in the form.)to make the form show validation messages, change formatting, or perform other tasks.
You can use the following table to determine whether or not a given browser supports a particular type of business logic.
Full support icon = Full support Partial support icon = Partial support No support icon = No support
InfoPath 2007 featureDesktop browsersMobile device browsers
Formulas 1Full support iconFull support icon
Data validationFull support iconFull support icon
RulesFull support iconFull support icon
Conditional formatting 2Full support iconPartial support icon
User rolesNo support iconNo support icon

1Except xdXDocument:get-Role, Position, and Last functions.
2Mobile device browsers support some conditional formatting features; for example, you can hide or display controls depending upon conditions you define in the form. You cannot use conditional formatting, however, to change the appearance of a control based on conditions in the form. For example, you cannot use conditional formatting to change the color of text in a control.

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