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Re: Embedded XForms

From: Tim Thompson <timathom@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2018 11:50:20 -0400
Message-ID: <CAPPeUfhcGvVvN6Ww=pMJ3EwO-s_tT4S=Sg2uKs=83bEc8f25xw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Steven Pemberton <steven.pemberton@cwi.nl>
Cc: public-xformsusers@w3.org
Hello,

Isn't what you're describing the same as the subform/component
functionality implemented by XSLTForms [1], betterForm, and Orbeon? Eric
van der Vlist did a comparison of subform functionality a few years ago
[2].

As an XForms user, I have often wished that subforms could be standardized
and incorporated into the specification. To date, each implementation does
things a little differently, which seems a detriment to interoperability.
Seems like a crucial feature when developing larger forms.

Best,
Tim

[1] XSLTForms subform example:
http://www.agencexml.com/xsltforms/writers.xml
[2]
http://eric.van-der-vlist.com/blog/2013/06/17/when-mvc-becomes-a-burden-for-xforms-xml-london-2013/#Subforms

--
Tim A. Thompson
Discovery Metadata Librarian
Yale University Library


On Mon, May 21, 2018 at 10:36 AM, Steven Pemberton <steven.pemberton@cwi.nl>
wrote:

> Hi gang,
>
> This is a sort of day-dream email.
>
> Recently I have had a number of use-cases that included embedding forms
> within forms (the biggest example of course being the test suite).
>
> My current method of doing this is to use an iframe; easy to do but with a
> hurdle: it is hard to communicate between the parent and child forms. The
> only way, it seems to me, is via a submit to a shared resource; not ideal.
>
> Has anyone tried such things already?
>
> It seems to me that the most XForms-like approach would be to pre-populate
> a child-form's instance in some way, and to return values using some form
> of submit to the parent.
>
> Any experience?
>
> Steven
>
>
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