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Modify Outlook 2007 Task Form to get a resource via HTTP & Parse XML from SharePoint

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In SharePoint 2007, I have a project task list. One of the columns in that project task list is a lookup to the project list to get the project name.

I connect the project task list to Outlook and can now manage these tasks from Outlook.

Since the project name is a lookup in the SharePoint project task list (that I connected to Outlook), I cannot see the project name in the Outlook task form.

Is there a way to modify the task form in Outlook, possibly with VBA, to get a resource via HTTP? If so, I can reference the XML from the project list but then I would need to parse it to reference only the project name column (is that possible)?
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by:David Lee
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Hi, lessthan2.

You can modify the task form in Outlook and you can add code to the form that gets a value from a web page.  That code would be in VBScript though, not VBA.  I'm not nearly knowledgeable enough on SharePoint to tell you how to go about doing what you've described though.  Do you have the URL of the project list?
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Yes, I do have the URL for the project list. Are there examples of the VBScript that you can point me to?
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You can use something like this to get whatever the URL points to.  You'll then have to parse the returned string to get what you want.

Function GetURL(strURL As String) As String
    Dim objHTTP
    Set objHTTP = CreateObject("MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP")
    objHTTP.Open "GET", strURL, False
    objHTTP.Send ""
    GetURL = objHTTP.responseText
    Set objHTTP = Nothing
End Function

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