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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).


#22 Tools for XForms development and deployment

by molsen

Monday August 16th, 2004 6:21 AM

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Yes, indeed: "tempus fugit" when delving into new technologies :) Novell exteNd has since late last year had extensive XForms support for both development and deployment: The Designer includes a visual XForms and pageflow designer. The exteNd "Composer" creates web services out of legacy back-ends and wizards generate (modifiable) XForms from WSDL or databases; the XForms can be deployed as portlets in the exteNd "Director" portal product.

Of course it still is early days but a number of other vendors are also working on XForms support as is OpenOffice.org:

<http://specs.openoffice.o…xforms/GUI_spec_part1.sxw> <http://specs.openoffice.o…xforms/GUI_spec_part2.sxw>