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).
Thursday August 19th, 2004 5:14 PM
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I'm pretty sure that XForms will once be usable in the public internet, but it will take a long, long time until then. Even today there are a few people surfing the net with Internet Explorer version 2. and a lot other people use IE 4, 5 or 6 that don't even support standards that are more than 6 years old, like CSS 2. The ammount of people wich use a standards web browser such as Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape or Opera is still quite small and this won't be changing very soon IMO. Even if Microsoft would release a version of their browser that would support XForms, CSS3 and XHTML2.0 web developers still couldn't develop sites that use Xforms for the public, until at least 80% of the world's web surfers use an XForms supporting browser. Until XForms can be used, another 5 years could pass by. //max