Visit Boris website Output to XML file

Output to XML file is used to output form data in a format, XML, that can be processed by another application, such as a back office system.  If you wish to link Boris with another system then XML is likely to be the best format to chose.  The XML files are output on the server each time this action is triggered.  Full details on how to use XML files can be found in Interfacing external systems to Boris.pdf.

Main

Main screen for this action
*Description

A descriptive text to identify this action

*Output directory Enter the folder name relative to the root output directory of your system as defined in the configuration file.  Typically this folder will be called ‘XML files’ or 'PDF files' and each form will be saved under a date and time stamp in this folder.  For more information see the document Interfacing external systems to Boris.pdf.

Although report processing variables can be used here, it doesn't make sense as the XML files generated by this action are usually named according to the requirements of the external application receiving it and does not need to be interpreted by humans.
Output 'lookup' information (lists, users, customers, locations etc.)

If customer location list and user information has been supplied to Boris from your back office system then Boris will output this data in the XML files with the same references with which it was input.  Eg if the external system sent data to Boris with an internal reference of 1122, Boris would output that data with the reference 1122 to synchronise back again. 

If the data was not provided by the external system, then Boris will output its own record identifiers so you must tick this box to ensure that the values of these are output.

IF YOUR CUSTOMERS ETC ARE SET UP IN Boris THEN TICK THIS BOX
Suppress output of extended information for photos (eg. GPS)

Tick this box if you do not wish photo exif information (ie the extraneous details such as GPS, shutter speed, camera type) to be included within the XML files.

Transform file

Select a file type from the drop-down list whose contents must be populated by Boris support.  By default Boris outputs XML files in the standard Boris XML format.  However it is possible to have an XSLT transformation applied to these files automatically so that the XML files meet the requirements of your external application.  Consult Boris support if you wish to look into doing this.

Conditions

This action will only be triggered if the conditions below are met. Leave blank if it is always to be executed.

Condition (1) If you wish to only run an action in a particular situation then you can use these conditions to specify them. The action will only occur if both conditions are satisfied. Typical uses are to only run an action if a particular answer has been given to one of the answers on the template. See Concepts-Conditions
Condition (2) If you wish to only run an action in a particular situation then you can use these conditions to specify them. The action will only occur if both conditions are satisfied. Typical uses are to only run an action if a particular answer has been given to one of the answers on the template. See Concepts-Conditions

Post-action processing (advanced)

After an action has finished running a file can be executed on the server. This could be, for instance, a .exe or a .bat file. Typically this would be used to insert data into another system.

File name to run Enter the full path and filename here.  Ensure that it is correctly spelt and that the file extension (such as .exe or .bat) is also correct.
Command line to run If the file specified above requires additional information on its command line, please enter it here. Contact your Boris expert for further help.
Folder to run from Enter the full path and folder name that the executable programme needs to be launched from.
URL Instead of running an executable file locally, an http request can be sent to the URL specified here. It can contain standard variables.
HTTP verb Choose the http verb to be sent with the request to the URL specified above.  If you do not know what this is, ask your Boris expert.
HTTP request body This will be very different in different circumstances and probably needs to defined at the implementation stage. It can contain standard variables and may contain the data entered on the form.
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