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).

#14 "if IE doesn't support XHTML2"

by karlhp

Thursday August 12th, 2004 4:43 AM

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Microsoft is a real question mark. Though if XHTML2 and Xforms proofs to be a real benefit on the small web (the many intranets and non IE users) then Microsoft might sooner or later be forced to support those standards and technologies. Who knows. karl