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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-23-2005, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Default Fun with InfoPath - tracking hike info as XML

I've always been an exploration geek, even as a child. Always obsessed with maps, roads, and statistics. Hiking is a great extension of that, and in the off-season I love to organize hike data into more usable formats.

I find much of the hike data out there right now inadequate or lacking in fundamental details. After playing around with some ill-fated database projects, I settled on developing a very workable system using Microsoft's InfoPath tool, which comes with the 'pro' version of Microsoft Office.

The basic idea is that you develop data-entry forms using it. The data entry forms are used as templates for the data - double clicking on the template loads a blank form you can enter data into. The data is (by default) saved into XML files.

I've been entering my hike data into it, and I thought I would share what I've been up to.

The design portion of the form looks something like this:

The XML files that are generated after entering data look like this:
		<my:averageGrade xsi:nil="true" xmlns:xsi=""></my:averageGrade>
		<my:distance xmlns:xsi="" xsi:nil="true"></my:distance>
		<my:elevationStart xsi:nil="true" xmlns:xsi=""></my:elevationStart>
		<my:elevationMax xsi:nil="true" xmlns:xsi=""></my:elevationMax>
		<my:elevationGain xsi:nil="true" xmlns:xsi=""></my:elevationGain>
		<my:completionTime xmlns:xsi="" xsi:nil="true"></my:completionTime>
The data entry form I developed looks something like this:

I can enter a short description, hiking trail title, nearby cities or parks, time/grade/elevations/distance, ratings, road quality, trail quality, details (full description), GPS data / points of interest, and any sources I used (bibliography).

If anyone is interested in the template file I'd be more than welcome to share it :-)
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-24-2005, 12:29 AM
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Wow. Great project. You should think about publication once you've built up enough data: print &/or CD

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I also saw the other post about a GPS coordinates database. If I find some time I might start working on a website that allows me (and other people) to enter and share info like this. After a while to would hopefully develop in a really nice overview of hikes. By using XML you could just import/export files to it


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