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How to extract data from xml field to dropdown list?


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I have designed a form and connected to a SQL server database using a web service. The XML data retrieved from wsdl connection is currently hold in a text field called 'XMLfield'. I need to extract the data such as 'PersonnelName' from XMLfield into a dropdown list. I used the following code and I do not get any error, but nothing come up and all my fields in the forms become bank when i click the dropdown list.

I would appreciate it if anyone can help me with this issue.

form1.DropDownList::click - (JavaScript, client),0,1);
form1.XMLfield.rawValue =;

var dataGroup = xfa.resolveNode("");
var dataGroupLength = dataGroup.nodes.length;

if (dataGroupLength == 0) {"There are no parts in the XML doc");
else {
  for (var i=0; i < dataGroupLength; i++){



2 Replies


Level 10

Hi Roya,

I think the loadXML will override your form data, so blanking out your fields.  You could try loading the xml data at the xfa.datasets level (that is xfa.datasets.loadXML(form1.XMLfield.rawValue,0,1);) or using E4X to process the XML.

Another option though might be more rework is to use the Acrobat SOAP api which will return you a JavaScript object so you wont have to do any XML work.

There's a good intro to the SOAP api here,




Level 2

Thanks Bruce, I have created an xml schema and bind the data to the schema and it seems to work. The customise SOAP api seems a good approach too and I will try this later.