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

If you have access to a server running InfoPath Forms Services, you can design a browser-enabled form template. 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 control

Desktop browsers

Mobile device browsers

Text box

Full support icon

Full support icon

Check box

Full support icon

Full support icon

Button

Full support icon

Full support icon

Expression box

Full support icon

Full support icon

List box

Full support icon

Full support icon

Drop-down list box

Full support icon

Full support icon

Repeating section

Full support icon

Full support icon

Hyperlink

Full support icon

No support icon

Option button 1

Full support icon

No support icon

Optional section 2

Full support icon

No support icon

Repeating table 3

Full support icon

No support icon

File attachment control

Full support icon

No support icon

Date picker 4

Partial support icon

Partial support icon

Rich text box

Partial support icon

No support icon

ActiveX control

No support icon

No support icon

Bulleted list control

No support icon

No support icon

Choice group

No support icon

No support icon

Choice section

No support icon

No support icon

Combo box

No support icon

No support icon

Horizontal repeating table

No support icon

No support icon

Horizontal region

No support icon

No support icon

Ink picture control

No support icon

No support icon

Master/detail control

No support icon

No support icon

Multiple-selection list box

No support icon

No support icon

Numbered list control

No support icon

No support icon

Picture control

No support icon

No support icon

Plain list control

No support icon

No support icon

Repeating choice group

No support icon

No support icon

Repeating recursive section

No support icon

No support icon

Scrolling region

No support icon

No support icon

Vertical label

No support icon

No 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, conditional formatting, and rulesto 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 feature

Desktop browsers

Mobile device browsers

Formulas 1

Full support icon

Full support icon

Data validation

Full support icon

Full support icon

Rules

Full support icon

Full support icon

Conditional formatting 2

Full support icon

Partial support icon

User roles

No support icon

No 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.

Tip: For a detailed list of the features that desktop and mobile browsers support, see Web browser compatibility in InfoPath Forms Services.

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