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Form-A spec updated

From: John Boyer <boyerj@ca.ibm.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2008 23:04:14 -0700
To: public-forms@w3.org
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Dear Forms Team,

I made some significant progress on the Forms-A spec (
http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Forms/specs/XForms1.2/modules/streamlined/index-all.html
).  It is worthwhile to have a look at it from the implementer's 
viewpoint.

In particular, please have a look at the material on the increase() and 
decrease() operations on repeat form controls as well as the 
specifications now available for calculate, relevant, readonly, and the 
validation attributes.

Still to do are the Forms-A primer (a separate document currently under 
construction) as well as material on xpath variables, the full purchase 
order example, the attributes for submission, the form control metadata 
items (label, hint, help alert), and filling out the sketch of incremental 
adoption of element modules. 

There is much cause for optimism in that this spec is now only about 17 
pages, and will likely top out somewhere around 25, which is 10% of the 
size of XForms.  The primer will be even smaller and obviously more markup 
focused rather than carrying the details of implementation, but I think 
this relatively small size of specification is very promising for our 
overall adoption strategy for XForms-based technology.

Cheers,
John M. Boyer, Ph.D.
STSM, Interactive Documents and Web 2.0 Applications
Chair, W3C Forms Working Group
Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software
IBM Victoria Software Lab
E-Mail: boyerj@ca.ibm.com 

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