InfoPath: Cascading Fields, need to get ID of final selected list item RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a two drop down lists in an InfoPath form. They are getting their data from a SharePoint List that has two columns: Objectives, Strategies.
    The drop down lists are cascading. So dropdown list 2 (DDL2) values change depending on what dropdown list 1 (DDL1) is set to.

    So my list looks like this:
    objective 1 - strategy 1
    objective 1 - strategy 2
    objective 1 - strategy 3
    objective 2 - strategy 1
    objective 2 - strategy 2

    The cascading part in InfoPath works correctly. My problem is that I need to get the ID of the item (strategy) selected in DDL2.

    DDL1 gets its values from an external data source (sharePoint list):
    Entries: /dfs:myFields/dfs:dataFields/d:SharePointListItem_RW
    Value: d:Objective
    Display name: d:Objective

    DDL2 gets its values from the same external data source (sharePoint list):

    Entries: /dfs:myFields/dfs:dataFields/d:SharePointListItem_RW/d:Strategies[../d:Objective = xdXDocument:get-DOM()/dfs:myFields/dfs:dataFields/my:SharePointListItem_RW/my:obj]
    Strategy is filtered based on Objective = Objective
    Value: Strategies
    Display name: Strategies

    How can I get the ID of the Strategy selected in DDL2 so that I can write it out to another column that SharePoint can use in a workflow. The only value returned in for DDL2 is Strategy, no ID option.

    Friday, April 3, 2015 3:51 PM


  • Hi Sonners,

    If you want to get the ID of the selected "Strategy" item in DDL2, I think you may need to use the same approach to retrieve the same external data source(SharePoint list have the Objectives and Strategies columns) on another field, then filter the list item ID based on the selected Strategy value in DDL2 which equals to the strategy value in that external SharePoint list.

    Or you don't need to get the list item ID of the "Strategy" selected in DDL2 in InfoPath form, you can directly get the list item ID which is filtered by the condition SharePoint list item "Strategy" column value equals to the value selected in DDL2 in Desinger workflow, then use the ID value as you want in workflow.

    I have tried a similar method for another requirement like this post, you can take a look.


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    Monday, April 6, 2015 6:39 AM