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).

#15 shooting one's own foot.

by woo <>

Thursday August 12th, 2004 5:56 AM

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I think it's been self fulfilling prophecy to say it's a niche, since there isn't a viable target for X-Forms deployment. Yes, there are "designers" who only know, and will probably only ever know HTML. But once a browser supports it fully, you'll see an enormous amount of growth because there are a large number of real application developers targeting the browser that would give there left mouse button for a sane forms model. And with the developers comes the world. -Andrew