Branching Surveys Do Not Support Workflows/Alerts

Contrary to popular belief, SharePoint does not support workflows/alerts for ALL lists. A survey with branching is one of those exceptions. An out of the box workflow fails to initialize at all. A workflow built in Designer will initialize and show a status of running, but the tasks will never get executed. I was able to get a workflow built in Designer to run on a survey with no branches however.

If you require branching functionality (like my customer), you've got a couple options. One, build the form in InfoPath which can achieve the branching functionality of the survey. If end users do not have InfoPath installed on their machines and SharePoint is not MOSS (with InfoPath services), the remaining option is to create a custom event handler attached to the survey that will perform the workflow tasks.

Posted on 8/2/2010 9:46:00 AM by sterlingt

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