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Universal Data Connection v2.0 Reference and Schema

SharePoint 2010

Last modified: August 07, 2013

Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010

In this article
UDC v2.0 Example
UDC v2.0 Schema Reference
Required Properties by Connection Type
The UDC v2.0 Schema

The Universal Data Connection (UDC) file format has been used, starting with FrontPage, since Office 2003 to store data connection information used by Web parts. The UDC v1 file format is documented in the Office 2003: XML Reference Schemas.

Unlike the ODC format used by other Office applications, which stores information about database connections, UDC files can store information about several different types of data connections, and can be extended to store information about arbitrary types.

There are two versions of the UDC file format used by Office 2010 applications. InfoPath uses the v2.0 format which is described in this document.

The following example of a UDC v2.0 shows how the basic structure of the UDC file is similar to previous versions.

<?MicrosoftWindowsSharePointServices ContentTypeID=”0x010100B4CBD48E029A4ad8B62CB0E41868F2B0”?>
<udc:DataSource MajorVersion="2" MinorVersion="0" xmlns:udc="http://schemas.microsoft.com/office/infopath/2006/udc">
    <udc:Name>Submit to HTTP</udc:Name>
    <udc:Description>This UDC file describes an HTTP Submit connection for InfoPath</udc:Description>
    <udc:Type MajorVersion="2" MinorVersion="0" Type="XmlSubmit"/>
    <udc:ConnectionInfo Purpose="WriteOnly">
        <udc:UpdateCommand>
          <udc:Submit>http://www.example.com/postTarget.aspx</udc:Submit>
        </udc:UpdateCommand>
        <udc:Authentication />
    </udc:ConnectionInfo>
</udc:DataSource>

Global Properties

File extension: *.udcx or *.xml

XML Namespace: http://schemas.microsoft.com/office/infopath/2006/udc

Content Type ID: 0x010100B4CBD48E029A4ad8B62CB0E41868F2B0

The Processing Instructions

Name

Type

Description

MicrosoftWindowsSharePointServices

Processing Instruction

MicrosoftWindowsSharePointServices/@ContentTypeID

Attribute

Must be 0x010100B4CBD48E029A4ad8B62CB0E41868F2B0

The DataSource Element

<udc:DataSource MajorVersion="2" MinorVersion="0" xmlns:udc="http://schemas.microsoft.com/office/infopath/2006/udc">
    <udc:Name/>
    <udc:Description/>
    <udc:Type MajorVersion="2" MinorVersion="0" Type=""/>
<udc:ConnectionInfo/>
</udc:DataSource>

Name

Type

Description

DataSource

Element

Container element

DataSource/@MajorVersion

Attribute

Must be 2

DataSource/@MinorVersion

Attribute

Must be 0

Name

Element

Display name for the UDC file

Description

Element

Description of the UDC file

Type

Element

Connection type

Type/@MajorVersion

Attribute

Optional: should be 2 if used

Type/@MinorVersion

Attribute

Optional: should be 0 if used

Type/@Type

Attribute

Type of the data connection. One of the following values:

SharePointList

SharePointLibrary

Database

XmlQuery

XmlSubmit

WebService

ConnectionInfo

Element

Connection-specific information

The ConnectionInfo Element

<udc:ConnectionInfo Purpose="WriteOnly">
    <udc:WsdlUrl/>
    <udc:SelectCommand/>
    <udc:UpdateCommand/>
    <udc:Authentication/>
</udc:ConnectionInfo>

Name

Type

Description

ConnectionInfo

Element

Container element

ConnectionInfo/@Purpose

Attribute

Determines whether the connection is for query or submit.

Possible values:

  • ReadOnly

  • WriteOnly

  • ReadWrite

WsdlUrl

Element

Fully-qualified URL to the WSDL for a Web Service

SelectCommand

Element

Details of the query connection

UpdateCommand

Element

Details of the submit connection

Authentication

Element

Server-specific authentication information

The SelectCommand Element

<udc:SelectCommand>
<udc:ListId/>
    <udc:WebUrl/>
    <udc:ConnectionString/>
    <udc:OperationName/>
    <udc:ServiceUrl UseFormsServiceProxy=""/>
    <udc:SoapAction/>
<udc:Query/>
</udc:SelectCommand>

Name

Type

Description

SelectCommand

Element

Container element

ListId

Element

GUID for a SharePoint List connection

WebUrl

Element

URL to the Web site containing the SharePoint List

ConnectionString

Element

Database Connection string

ServiceUrl

Element

Web Service Service URL

ServiceUrl/@UseFormsServiceProxy

Attribute

Determines whether the Web Service connection should use the Forms Service proxy

SoapAction

Element

Web Service SoapAction

Query

Element

Specific query or URL – used by multiple connection types

The UpdateCommand Element

<udc:UpdateCommand>
<udc:OperationName/>
    <udc:ServiceUrl/>
    <udc:SoapAction/>
    <udc:Submit/>
    <udc:FileName/>
<udc:FolderName AllowOverwrite="1"/>
</udc:UpdateCommand>

Name

Type

Description

UpdateCommand

Element

Container Element.

OperationName

Element

Web Service operation name.

ServiceUrl

Element

Web Service Service URL.

ServiceUrl/@UseFormsServiceProxy

Attribute

Determines whether the Web Service connection should use the Forms Service proxy.

SoapAction

Element

Web Service SoapAction.

Submit

Element

Specific query or URL – used by multiple connection types.

FileName

Element

NoteNote
Deprecated. This value is ignored and should be left blank.

FolderName

Element

URL to the SharePoint library to submit to.

FolderName/@AllowOverwrite

Attribute

Determines whether to overwrite a file in a SharePoint library if it already exists.

The Authentication Element

<udc:Authentication>
    <udc:UseExplicit CredentialType="">
        <udc:UserId/>
        <udc:Password/>
    </udc:UseExplicit>
    <udc:SSO AppId="" CredentialType=""/>
</udc:Authentication>

Name

Type

Description

Authentication

Element

Container element.

UseExplicit

Element

Contains plaintext username and password to be used on the server for authentication.

UseExplicit/@CredentialType

Attribute

Describes how the contained credential is to be used.

Possible values:

  • Sql

  • NTLM

  • Negotiate

  • CD

  • Basic

  • Digest

UserId

Element

UserID to use for authentication.

Password

Element

Plaintext password to use for authentication.

SSO

Element

Specifies an Office single Sign-on Application definition to use for authentication.

SSO/@AppId

Attribute

The application name from SSO.

SSO/@CredentialType

Attribute

Describes how the contained credential is to be used.

Possible values:

  • Sql

  • NTLM

  • Kerberos

  • CD

  • Basic

  • Digest

CredentialType Values

Value

Description

Sql

Credentials will be embedded in a database connection string for authentication against a SQL server.

NTLM

Credentials will be used to impersonate a Windows user.

Kerberos

Credentials will be used to impersonate a Windows user using Kerberos.

CD

The username will be used to impersonate a Windows user using Constrained delegation.

Basic

Credentials will be used to perform HTTP Basic authentication.

Digest

Credentials will be used to perform HTTP Digest authentication.

Web Service

Property

Value

DataSource/Type/@Type

WebService

ConnectionInfo/@Purpose

ReadOnly

SelectCommand element contains Web Service query settings.

WriteOnly

UpdateCommand element contains Web Service submit settings.

ReadWrite

Both SelectCommand and UpdateCommand are present.

ConnectionInfo/WsdlUrl

Fully-qualified URL to the WSDL for the Web Service

ServiceUrl

Web Service Service URL

ServiceUrl/@UseFormsServiceProxy

Determines whether the Web Service connection should use the Forms Service proxy

SoapAction

Web Service SoapAction

Database

Property

Value

DataSource/Type/@Type

Database

ConnectionInfo/@Purpose

ReadOnly

InfoPath determines at design time whether a database connection can support submit.

SelectCommand/ConnectionString

Database connection string

SelectCommand/Query

SQL query to perform

SharePoint List

Property

Value

DataSource/Type/@Type

SharePointList

ConnectionInfo/@Purpose

ReadOnly

ListId

GUID of the Sharepoint list

WebUrl

URL to the containing site for the list

SharePoint Library Submit

Property

Value

DataSource/Type/@Type

SharePointLibrary

ConnectionInfo/@Purpose

WriteOnly

FileName

Note Note
Deprecated. This value is ignored and should be left blank.

FolderName

URL to the SharePoint library to submit to.

FolderName/@AllowOverwrite

Determines whether to overwrite a file in a SharePoint library if it already exists.

HTTP Post

Property

Value

DataSource/Type/@Type

XmlSubmit

ConnectionInfo/@Purpose

WriteOnly

UpdateCommand/Submit

URL that specifies the target of the post.

XML File

Property

Value

DataSource/Type/@Type

XmlQuery

ConnectionInfo/@Purpose

ReadOnly

SelectCommand/Query

URL of the XML source to query.

Copy the following XML schema and paste it into a text editor such as Notepad, then save as UDC20.xsd in order to use the schema for UDC file generation, reference and custom validation. In Visual Studio 2005, this schema can provide Intellisense autocompletion if copied to the Visual Studio schema cache, typically located at <drive>:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Xml\Schemas.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>
<xsd:schema targetNamespace="http://schemas.microsoft.com/office/infopath/2006/udc" xmlns:udc="http://schemas.microsoft.com/office/infopath/2006/udc" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema">
    <xsd:element name="DataSource">
        <xsd:complexType>
            <xsd:all>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:Name" minOccurs="0" />
                <xsd:element ref="udc:Description" minOccurs="0"/>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:Type" minOccurs="0"/>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:ConnectionInfo" minOccurs="0"/>
            </xsd:all>
            <xsd:attribute name="MajorVersion" type="xsd:integer"/>
            <xsd:attribute name="MinorVersion" type="xsd:integer" />
        </xsd:complexType>
    </xsd:element>
    <xsd:element name="Name" type="xsd:string"/>
    <xsd:element name="Description" type="xsd:string"/>
    <xsd:element name="Type">
        <xsd:complexType>
            <xsd:attribute name="MajorVersion" type="xsd:integer"/>
            <xsd:attribute name="MinorVersion" type="xsd:integer"/>
            <xsd:attribute name="Type" type="xsd:string"/>
        </xsd:complexType>
    </xsd:element>
    <xsd:element name="ConnectionInfo">
        <xsd:complexType>
            <xsd:all>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:WsdlUrl" minOccurs="0"/>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:SelectCommand" minOccurs="0"/>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:UpdateCommand" minOccurs="0"/>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:Authentication" minOccurs="0"/>
            </xsd:all>
            <xsd:attribute name="Purpose" type="xsd:string"/>
            <xsd:attribute name="AltDataSource" type="xsd:string"/>
        </xsd:complexType>
    </xsd:element>
    <xsd:element name="WsdlUrl" type="xsd:string"/>
    <xsd:element name="FileName" type="xsd:string"/>
    <xsd:element name="FolderName">
        <xsd:complexType>
            <xsd:simpleContent>
                <xsd:extension base="xsd:string">
                    <xsd:attribute name="AllowOverwrite" type="xsd:boolean"/>
                </xsd:extension>
            </xsd:simpleContent>
        </xsd:complexType>
    </xsd:element>
    <xsd:element name="SelectCommand">
        <xsd:complexType>
            <xsd:all>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:ListId" minOccurs="0"/>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:WebUrl" minOccurs="0"/>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:ConnectionString" minOccurs="0"/>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:ServiceUrl" minOccurs="0"/>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:SoapAction" minOccurs="0"/>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:Query" minOccurs="0"/>
            </xsd:all>
            <xsd:attribute name="Type" type="xsd:string"/>
        </xsd:complexType>
    </xsd:element>
    <xsd:element name="ListId" type="xsd:string"/>
    <xsd:element name="WebUrl" type="xsd:string"/>
    <xsd:element name="ConnectionString" type="xsd:string"/>
    <xsd:element name="ServiceUrl">
        <xsd:complexType>
            <xsd:simpleContent>
                <xsd:extension base="xsd:string">
                    <xsd:attribute name="UseFormsServiceProxy" type="xsd:boolean"/>
                </xsd:extension>
            </xsd:simpleContent>
        </xsd:complexType>
    </xsd:element>
    <xsd:element name="SoapAction" type="xsd:string"/>
    <xsd:element name="Query" type="xsd:string"/>
    <xsd:element name="Submit" type="xsd:string"/>
    <xsd:element name="UpdateCommand">
        <xsd:complexType>
            <xsd:all>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:ServiceUrl" minOccurs="0"/>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:SoapAction" minOccurs="0"/>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:Submit" minOccurs="0"/>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:FileName" minOccurs="0"/>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:FolderName" minOccurs="0"/>
            </xsd:all>
        </xsd:complexType>
    </xsd:element>
    <xsd:element name="Authentication">
        <xsd:complexType>
            <xsd:all>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:UseExplicit" minOccurs="0"/>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:SSO" minOccurs="0"/>
            </xsd:all>
        </xsd:complexType>
    </xsd:element>
    <xsd:element name="UseExplicit">
        <xsd:complexType>
            <xsd:all>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:UserId" minOccurs="0"/>
                <xsd:element ref="udc:Password" minOccurs="0"/>
            </xsd:all>
            <xsd:attribute name="CredentialType" type="xsd:string"/>
        </xsd:complexType>
    </xsd:element>
    <xsd:element name="UserId" type="xsd:string"/>
    <xsd:element name="Password" type="xsd:string"/>
    <xsd:element name="SSO">
        <xsd:complexType>
            <xsd:simpleContent>
                <xsd:extension base="xsd:string">
                    <xsd:attribute name="AppId" type="xsd:string"/>
                    <xsd:attribute name="CredentialType" type="xsd:string"/>
                </xsd:extension>
            </xsd:simpleContent>
        </xsd:complexType>
    </xsd:element>
</xsd:schema>

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