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).

#20 Re: WebForms

by woo <>

Thursday August 12th, 2004 8:38 PM

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I disagree. If WHATWG can get cross browser support without a 3rd party download (you can find out more about how they plan to implement IE support using HTC's if you're curious), then there is benefit to the world in general.. And there's fairly limited functional changes necessary to support Web Forms 2 compared to XForms..

I hope to see a lot of good stuff come out of the work of the WHATWG, but how equal browser support will be the major key to it's success in my mind. Unfortunately WebForms 2 doesn't go as far as I think we need in the web application development world and I don't think it can/should do much in the way of increasing mozilla's browser share. But what do I know. -Andrew