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I have a list and I what I want is for when a user clicks 'Add new item', they will be presented with two fields.

The first a drop down containing say 3 items.

The second field I want to be populated by data depending on the choice of the first field.

So the logic would be something like 'if user chooses item 1 in column one, present them the following items to choose from in column two'. This way I can nicely restrict how they enter data.

Would I need to use InfoPath for such a thing?

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You dont need Infopath, you can do it even with JavaScript/JQuery. Read the following blogs and you may get some ideas.

http://www.markrackley.net/2014/05/20/cascading-drop-down-lists-in-sharepoint-office-365-using-rest/

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Cascade drop down lists in SharePoint 2013 using jQuery, REST and AJAX

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http://nagendra-gunaga.blogspot.in/2012/04/how-to-implement-cascaded-dropdown-list.html

The first reference worked for me perfectly.

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Dont use inform path.

Here is the idea to start of , for SP 2013

the following link gives you ample methods how to fulfill your requirement

CSR JS Links on List views

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