Assigning Boolean value to InfoPath data source element

Posted: 1st October 2012 in Infopath, SharePoint

When trying to set the value a data source element to a Boolean value my first attempt was using ToString() on the Boolean value. To me this seemed like a valid way to set the value as can be seen below.

Setting XPath using ToString
  1. this.MainDataSource.CreateNavigator().SelectSingleNode("/my:myFields/my:isTaskHighlight", this.NamespaceManager).SetValue(this.IsTaskHighlight.ToString());

However, when I tried to use this I received the following error. 


On further investigation I found that the ToString() method on a Boolean returns “True” or “False”, not the lower case “true” or “false” InfoPath is looking for.  

To resolve this I created  local method BooleanToString to return the correct value

Infopath boolean to string
  1. private string BooleanToString(bool isTrue)
  2.         {
  3.             return isTrue ? "true" : "false";
  4.         }

And called it to set the value

Setting XPathNavigator to Bool
  1. this.MainDataSource.CreateNavigator().SelectSingleNode("/my:myFields/my:isTaskHighlight", this.NamespaceManager).SetValue(this.BooleanToString(this.IsTaskHighlight));

job done ! Smile


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