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Converting InfoPath to HTML - a guide

We wanted to convert some InfoPath form data into HTML -

The form data is just simple XML, containing the information that is entered in the form.

I considered creating an XSLT stylesheet to manage the transformation, but it looked awfully complex. Then I remembered in the past, I had cracked open the form template file – the .XSN (it’s just a CAB file) and it contained XSL files. There is actually one XSL file for each view in the form.

I extracted the relevant file that matched the InfoPath view we called ‘Summary’ and posted it in the Pages library – I did this as I wanted to be insulated from subsequent changes to the form – if I put it as literal text into the workflow, I would need to edit and republish it each time the form changed. This way I only need to re-upload it to the library.

I’ll show the relevant steps here – this fragment starts with the ID of the item in ItemID (we have a lot more processing going on before this)

Query List {LibraryName} Where ID = ItemID

Encoded Absolute URL into ItemEncoded

We need to retrieve the encoded url to use in the web request to retrieve the contents later – {LibraryName} is a placeholder for the library holding the xml documents


Web Request GET {ItemEncoded}?NoRedirect=true into FormXML

note the querystring parameter to prevent the redirect to the ‘page has been moved’ page


Web Request GET {Common:WebUrl}/pages/Summary.xsl into xsl_sheet

Retrieves the content of the XSL file from the library


Query XML Source XML FormXML Process XSLT xsl_sheet as Text into FormHTML

Transforms the form into html


Regular Expression REPLACE FormHTML

Find “text/html”

Replace “text/html;charset=utf-8”

into FormHTML

this sets the charset to remove the random "Â" characters in the html


The contents of FormHTML may now be emailed to the requestor, or archived in a library. You may even be able to use the document convertor to save it as a pdf file.


Workflow Overview



Query List



Web Request



Web Request



Query XML



Regular Expression


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Nintex Observer

Re: Converting InfoPath to HTML - a guide

Hi Graham - thanks so much for this, it is is super helpful.

I created a view with a repeating table that i could use as the body of an html email. I also used used a web request to create a temporary html file from that view that i could convert to a pdf getting around a limitation with our version of msWord that doesnt allow repeating controls. This has solved a lot of problems for me.

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