Friday, January 11, 2013

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InfoPath: Managed code (C#) to convert view to Html

I've been looking for code snippets to be able to convert an Infopath view to Html and then use a converter service to create a PDf document. The form is published via InfoPath Forms Services so the export to PDF function is not available.

Inspired by the snippets I've found, I ended up with a nice piece of lean and mean code:

public void CreatePDF_Clicked(object sender, ClickedEventArgs e)
 // Create HTML.
  string sourceFileName = null;
  byte[] sourceFile = null;
  XPathNavigator root = MainDataSource.CreateNavigator();
  string myViewName = this.CurrentView.ViewInfo.Name;
  string myViewXslFile = myViewName + ".xsl";

  XslCompiledTransform transform = new XslCompiledTransform();
  // Generate a temporary HTML file
  string fileName = Guid.NewGuid().ToString() + ".htm";
  string filePath = Path.Combine(Path.GetTempPath(), fileName);
  using (XmlWriter writer = XmlWriter.Create(filePath))
   // Convert the XML to HTML
   transform.Transform(root, writer);
   // writer.Close();

  // Specify the HTML to convert
  sourceFile = File.ReadAllBytes(filePath);
  //** etc...
public XmlDocument ExtractFromPackage(string fileName)
  XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();

  using (Stream stream = Template.OpenFileFromPackage(fileName))

  return doc;
 catch (Exception ex)
  throw new Exception(string.Format("Error extracting '{0}': {1}",
   fileName, ex.Message), ex);

Hereby assuming that the name of the (current) view is equal to the name of the .xsl file in the XSN package.

How to convert Html to PDF:

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