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Inside the XForms validator
Performing validation on mixed-namespace documents can be more art than science. XForms 1.0, which is used as a component inside arbitrary host languages, introduces some new questions about how a validator should process such documents. This article discusses some of the challenges that the author encountered while writing an online XForms validator tool, and techniques for overcoming these problems.
Type: XForms #Views: 2069 Category: Article
Create an XForms form that submits a second instance
Because they can easily send and receive XML, XForms forms make great Web services clients, but using them in this way limits your control over the structure of your instance. This tip explains how to manage your data within one instance while submitting a second.
Type: XForms #Views: 1900 Category: Article
Prepare for the transition from HTML forms to XForms
XForms are an XML-based replacement for conventional HTML Web forms. Learn about the basic elements of XForms and see how to implement them in a standard Web form.
Type: XForms #Views: 3119 Category: Article
Use XForms to send and receive Web services messages
One of the great strengths of XForms is the fact that an XForms client can send its data as XML, and that it receives XML in return. This capability can be exceptionally useful in the field of Web services, where that's exactly what gets sent and received: XML messages. In this tip, I'll look at how to use an XForms browser as a Web services client, sending a SOAP request and displaying the results directly in the browser.
Type: XForms #Views: 1944 Category: Article
Introduction to XForms: XML Powered Web Forms
As we deploy Web access to software at all levels of complexity ranging from business back-ends to simple electronic transactions, we need to revisit the design of HTML forms that are the essential underpinnings of the transactional Web. XForms — a revision to the existing HTML forms technology developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C — builds on the advantages of XML to create a versatile forms module that can stand the Web in good stead for the next decade.
Type: XForms #Views: 3183 Category: Article
XForms for Managing Forms-Based Data
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)'s draft XForms standard defines a set of XML elements that expand vastly the power of data-entry devices, such as browsers, to capture and validate forms-based data. The XForms Working Group has focused on device independence, data validation, and improved internationalization support to give you a new, elegant, and powerful way to code data-entry systems. By centralizing form behavior and data validation into a single location, XForms eliminate the hassle of browser scripting, the associated quagmire of multiple browser-language versions, and the mind-numbing coding of data-validation checks.
Type: XForms #Views: 1758 Category: Article
Getting Started with XForms
The XForms standard, which became a W3C Recommendation last month, lets us define forms that are much more sophisticated than those of HTML. Perhaps more importantly, it makes it easier for applications that we write to grab and use the data entered into forms, because an XForms client can plug the data directly into any XML structure that you like.
Type: XForms #Views: 1925 Category: Article
XForms: the Next Generation of Web Forms
HTML Forms formed the basis of the e-commerce revolution. Now after 10 years experience with them, W3C has released XForms, the next generation of Web Forms. In contrast to HTML forms, in which functional and presentation markup are intertwined, XForms lets forms authors distinguish the descriptions of the purpose of the form, the presentation of the form, and how the results (the instance data) are written in XML.
Type: XForms #Views: 2934 Category: Article
XForms and Microsoft InfoPath
This month Microsoft is releasing Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003, putting an end to speculation about what the software giant's approach to XML data collection would be. InfoPath appears on the surface to be similar in functionality to several of the XForms engines I wrote about earlier. Although the official Microsoft FAQ no longer even mentions XForms as of this writing, InfoPath is frequently compared and contrasted with XForms.
Type: XForms #Views: 3313 Category: Article
Get ready for XForms
Traditional HTML forms violate many of the tenets of good markup language design, frequently mixing presentation and data. This article introduces you to XForms, an extension of XHTML that represents the next generation of Web forms. Though XForms is still in an embryonic state, it holds great promise: For instance, a form written with XForms can be written once and displayed in optimal ways on several different platforms. This article will give you a head start on this important emerging XML technology.
Type: XForms #Views: 883 Category: Article
What are XForms?
This updated article gives an introduction to XForms.
Type: XForms #Views: 855 Category: Article
The Secret Life of XForms
XForms recently reached the W3C's Candidate Recommendation status—and you need to know about it—because XForms isn't a form description language, it's a language for describing applications in a platform-independent way. Best of all, it integrates easily with technologies you already know, such as XHTML, XPath, SVG, and CSS.
Type: XForms #Views: 955 Category: Article
SVG and XForms: A primer
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) and XForms are two blossoming technologies that handle what may appear to be two different facets of electronic document publishing. This primer provides an overview of the two technologies and highlights the potential synergies between them.
Type: XForms #Views: 880 Category: Article
alphaWorks : IBM XML Forms Package : Requirements
A toolkit consisting of software components designed to showcase the possibilities presented by XForms, an emerging W3C standard (W3C Candidate Recommendation).
Type: XForms #Views: 892 Category: Article
Use server-side processing to work around XForms' lack of browser support
You may be wary of deploying XForms because it currently doesn't have much browser support. Most browsers will support XForms down the road, but for now, the only reliable and scalable way to implement it is through a server-side mechanism. For the purposes of this article, I'll walk you through using XForms via the Java Framework.
Type: XForms #Views: 955 Category: Article
on Your Site at InformIT.com
Because they're the primary means of communication between a web site and its users, HTML forms are an important part of a web site. The next stage of development of HTML forms is a fairly new standard named XForms, "...a new platform-independent markup language for online interaction between an XForms processor and a remote entity.
Type: XForms #Views: 920 Category: Article
: Are They for Real? at InformIT.com
To describe the above XHTML form in XForms, we would use something similar to the descriptions given below. (Note: The order of the options has been altered to explain the model and its corresponding tags.)
Type: XForms #Views: 843 Category: Article
XForms: Are They for Real?
The "next big thing" for facilitating interaction between web sites and devices may be XForms, a proposal currently under discussion by W3C. In this article, Jasmit Singh Kochhar discusses what XForms is all about, and shows how the coding would work for creating a standard online form.
Type: XForms #Views: 912 Category: Article
IBM XML Forms Package
The IBM XML Forms Package is a toolkit consisting of software components designed to showcase the possibilities presented by XForms, an emerging W3C standard (W3C Candidate Recommendation). The package consists of two main components: the data model component and the client component.
Type: XForms #Views: 906 Category: Article
J2EE implementation XMLForm 0.9.5 released
XMLForm is a standalone servlet toolkit inspired by Apache Struts / JavaServer Faces and W3C XForms. The toolkit is derived from Apache Cocoon.
Type: XForms #Views: 951 Category: Article
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