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).

#8 XHTML 2 is not about to sweep the web...

by brendan <>

Wednesday August 11th, 2004 3:14 PM

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...or any significant markets that I can see.

Let's be realistic here. XForms may be used in intranets, or required by a few "extranet-ish" government or industry sites -- but any sites blazing this trail are effectively requiring IE and a plugin such as formsplayer, right now. Mozilla supporting XForms or XHTML2 will not change the economics of the web, which favor backward compatibility and at most the kind of incremental, cross-browser evolution that the WHATWG is fomenting.

So optional (one-click download-and-install, eventually) XForms support in Mozilla products will help us compete with IE+formsplayer in a few niches. Good news, but nothing revolutionary.