Novell and IBM to Implement XForms in Mozilla
Tuesday August 10th, 2004
The Mozilla Foundation has announced a project to implement XForms in collaboration with Novell and IBM. The effort aims to add support for the XForms 1.0 Standard to Mozilla.
XForms is the W3C's XML-based Web forms technology. It offers many more features than standard HTML forms, including support for input validation and integration with Web services. However, some critics maintain that XForms is too complicated for Web authors and difficult for vendors to implement (no major browser yet supports XForms).
More information about the XForms implementation can be found at the Mozilla XForms project page and the W3C XForms site has more general information about the standard. Both Novell and IBM have developed XForms applications before (the Novell XForms Technology Preview and the IBM XML Forms Package).
I don't claim to know much at all about XForms, but it sounds like they are very powerful. As for the comment on usability, If it were wrapped into an easy to use library (ie, php's HTML_QuickForms), that did not require the web developer to be fluent in XForms themselves, they could be used very effectively. Kudos to IBM and Novell for stepping up for this one.