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).

#17 shooting other people's feet

by brendan <>

Thursday August 12th, 2004 9:06 AM

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Andrew: there's no demand for XForms on the web, and even if Firefox had 5% market share by use (possible, we intend to do better), it wouldn't cause content authors to sink scarce site-owner dollars into XForms content, unless they have a zero-cost way for it to work in IE (they don't). So wasting time and footprint on XForms is the definition of shooting our own feet. Making sure Firefox kicks IE's ass for the next two years, including by shrinking its download and runtime footprints, is more like shooting the other guy's foot. Which we aim to do.