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Infopath forms in Sharepoint

roofin
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Hi Experts,

I have been setting up our Sharepoint Intranet which came with SBS 2003 and hit a problem with a timesheet module that i have downloaded from microsoft -  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=8FB33404-13E0-424B-A75E-DD517E85263B&displaylang=en.  

When I go to use this and look at the forms I get the following message "This feature requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or later and a Windows Sharepoint Services-compatible XML editor such as Microsoft Office Infopath"

On my PC I am running Windows 7 and have set .xml files to be opened in Word under Default Programs.

The questions i have are -

1) Should I be able to open the XML file in Word?
2) If I purchase Infopath for my PC am I able to open the xml form and save it in such a way that other people cna edit it without Infopath.
3) Refering to question 2 if I want other employee's to open the from in a web browser do i need to install Inopath from services on my server that is hosting sharepoint?
4) Is there another alternative that i could use for employee timesheets other then the one I have downloaded where I don't need to upgarde any software?

Cheers

Roofin

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your answer are as follow
1. Yes you can open from word
2. Yes u can open infopath xml in infopaht. other people can't edit without infopath being installed.
3. yes you hv to.
4. are asking for alternative to sharepoint or you want to use sharepoint and want timesheet in that.
I you want to use sharepoint and want timesheet in that you can do that.

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Commented:
Thansk for the quick response.

How do I get sharepoint to open the file in word.  I have set my PC default program to Word for xml files, do I need to set this up for Internet Explorer?

I still still want to use sharepoint, do you know of any otehr products available?

Cheers

Roofin
Hi roofin,

Sharepoint is built on IIS i.e. it browser based.
For timesheet management you dont need to install any other product you just need to customised the sharepoint.

Author

Commented:
Hi,

I am new to sharepoint and not sure how to do the timesheet management.  I am running the versions that came with Windows Small Business Server. From what I can gather I would need to write some code and create forms to do some time sheet mamangement.  Are you able to point me in the right direction to get this started.

Thanks

Roofin

Author

Commented:
Thanks,

Will let you know how i will get on.

Author

Commented:
Hi,

I haven't got to far yet as i have just worked out SBS 2003 only has Sharepoint 2.0 on it, but i have found the downlaod templates for this so hopefully i will start getting somewhere.

I  have downloaded sharepoint designer, but not sure if it will work with Sharepoint 2 but will find out in the near future.

Cheers

Roofin
k you are using sharepoint 2.0.
but in 2003 server there is wss3.0 if i m not work, you can install wss3.0 on 2003 server.