Originally, the only way to create data entry forms in OpenMRS was using Microsoft Infopath. Now there are alternatives--one that has several advantages is the HTML Form Entry module. It would ease migration to this module if there were an automatic utility to convert an Infopath form to an HTML Form. The point of this project is to write that utility.
An Infopath form is an XSN file. (This is actually just a CAB archive with an XSN file extension. Windows can handle these natively, while on linux you'd use the 'cabextract' utility.) Among other files, the archive contains:
An OpenMRS HTML Form is an xml document that contains mostly HTML, but also some special tags, in particular <obs/> which puts an observation widget on the form. See HTML Form Entry Module for an example and all available tags.
Attached here is an example of an Infopath XSN file that represents PIH's Cardiology Consultation form. We will use this as an example. To see what this looks like you would need to download the file, and (in Windows) right click on it and say Design.
You need to merge the xsl files in the infopath XSN, along with supporting information from the xsd file in the XSN, and create an HTML Form Entry xml document from it. Using XSLT might be the way to go, or else doing some brute-force java code with regex searches.
These are all based on the example.
HTML Form Representation
File names page1.xsl
(other things besides given_name work similarly)< span hideFocus="1" ... xd:binding="patient/patient.given_name" ... >
the whole radio button section with Rusumo, Mulindi, etc.
Date picker widget bound to encounter/encounter.encounter_datetime
Widget bound to encounter/encounter.provider_id (after "Form completed today by:")
Checkbox for coded observation
the checkbox before "patient est hospitalisé"
warning that this cannot be handled correctly (because of the value-when-unchecked)
Checkbox group for multi-select coded observation
The checkboxes in 3. like "bonne apparence" and "cachectique"
Needs multiple widgets:
Radio button group for coded observation
the radio button group including "NYHA classe I"
Collapse to a single element. If you change the layout, give a warning.
Select list for coded observation
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Checkbox for boolean observation
the checkbox before "La même que DDB" in 1.C.
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Textarea for text observation
text box under "La même que DDB" in 1.C.
Text field for text observation
text field in first row under "4. Labos préalables"
Text field for numeric observation
the text box after Poids
The column under "4. Labos préalables"
Other HTML Markup
< table > < div > ...
Pass this straight through