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Re: Integration test between XBRL and XForms

From: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@webbackplane.com>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 09:45:31 -0700
Message-ID: <ed77aa9f0805210945s502581m9605c27835a28f06@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Ignacio Hernández-Ros" <ignacio@reportingstandard.com>
Cc: public-forms@w3.org

Hi Ignacio,

This is indeed a great use of XForms. I know that some people have
done similar things with XForms and XBRL in the past, so it might be
worth Googling around to see if there is anything you can lift to save
you time.

The main thing I'd like to comment on though, is this point:

> But the UI of the result is not very satisfactory and I don't see there is
> too much control over it in the XForms spec.
>
> I would like to find a way to generate more decent look and feel or I should
> fall back to keep using old XHTML forms.

Formatting for XForms is the same as formatting for HTML and XHTML, in
that it uses CSS. So you should be able to control the layout of your
form quite well. I notice in your example there is no CSS, so you are
going to get whatever comes out of the box, on whichever XForms
processor you are using.

And that's just the same as trying to use HTML forms 'out of the box'.

Regards,

Mark


On Wed, May 21, 2008 at 6:02 AM, Ignacio Hernández-Ros
<ignacio@reportingstandard.com> wrote:
> Hello,
>
>
>
> I'm evaluating using the XForms 1.0 specification as a technology to
> generate XBRL instance documents.
>
>
>
> The first thing I've created is a sample XForms form that contains:
>
> A xf:model node with a valid XBRL instance document
>
> A set of xf:input fields
>
> A submit button.
>
>
>
> The idea was to start looking at how current implementations of the XForms
> 1.0 spec are able to:
>
> 1)      Generate XBRL (nothing else than an XML document)
>
> 2)      Handle the GUI related issues
>
> 3)      With lower priority: automatically generate validation rules from
> the XBRL Taxonomy to the generated form, better handling of data types,
> dynamic creation of XBRL Contexts, XBRL Units, etc…
>
>
>
> You can see the very first example here
> http://www..reportingstandard.com/xforms/sample1.xhtml the example is
> generated by a tool that understands XBRL so it can access to the right
> label and more metadata that is already stored in the XBRL Taxonomy.
>
>
>
> But the UI of the result is not very satisfactory and I don't see there is
> too much control over it in the XForms spec.
>
> I would like to find a way to generate more decent look and feel or I should
> fall back to keep using old XHTML forms.
>
>
>
> What do you recommend?
>
>
>
> Regards,
>
> Ignacio
>
>
>
> Ignacio Hernandez-Ros
>
> XBRL Expert
>
> Reporting Estandar S.L.
>
> ignacio@reportingstandard.com
>
> xbrl.reportingstandard.com
> Cell: +34 609027754
>
>



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