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How to create two columns of data?

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I am making a dynamic form and I want my data to appear in two columns. Right now I have a subform container set to flowed and western text. It contains two subforms instructions and tools side by side. Like so:

The problem is when the data is sent, the instructions are first so they are in a column down the left side. Once the instructions are finished, the tools are in a column on the right side. Like this:

instruction

instruction

instruction

instruction

                     tool

                     tool

                     tool

                     tool

How can I get them to be drawn at the same time, in two columns side-by-side?

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Use a table like the one I showed in my example to you. In fact you can simply use that form, import your sample XML into a data connection then simply bind the fields and data together.

paul

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Can you post your form so we can see what you have done?

Paul

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I keep getting an error when I try to upload. Here is the basic structure. Summary page is flowed western text. and each element subform is flowed top to bottom.

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Sorry, I should have been more specific. I am getting the data from XML and it needs to follow the format I showed in the previous image. None of this is user-entered.

<summaryPage>

     <instructionSummary>

          <instruction>

               <instruction_item>

                </instruction_item>

          </instruction>

     </instructionSummary>

</summaryPage>

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Ok Now I get it ......If you are limiting the display to one page then I can make it work .....if it is more than one page then your only option is to reorder the data. The subforms will be laid down based on the order in the data. Once I am past a page I cannot go back to an earlier layout.

Paul

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The data is variable, so yes, it can go past one page. Is this not possible with a table as well?

Could I perhaps make 2 one-column tables? Can a table read in the XML. I've tried, but I couldn't get it to work.

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The layout of the form will follow the structure and order in the XML data file. You cannot go back in teh XML file or in the layout. If you layout all of the column 1 data and it spans across two pages, well once you are on the 2nd page you cannot go back to the previous page to continue the layout. Your only option is to reorder the data into a structure like this:

<Row>

     <Column1>value</Column1>

     <Column2>value</Column2>

</Row>

<Row>

     <Column1>value</Column1>

     <Column2>value</Column2>

</Row>

Paul

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OK, I have it set up like this now, but the rows are not repeating. It prints out the first row elements and then stops.  Here is my element hierarchy and a sample XML. Any suggestions?

<summaryPage>

<row>
<instruction>
<instruction_item>instruction one</instruction_item>
</instruction>
<tool>
<tool_item>tool one</tool_item>
</tool>
</row>
<row>
<instruction>
<instruction_item>instruction two</instruction_item>
</instruction>
<tool>
<tool_item>tool two</tool_item>
</tool>
</row>

</summaryPage>

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Use a table like the one I showed in my example to you. In fact you can simply use that form, import your sample XML into a data connection then simply bind the fields and data together.

paul

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