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Re: Internationalisation

From: Peter Kriens <Peter.Kriens@aQute.se>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2000 15:14:30 +0200
Message-ID: <39A67136.D7F8437D@aQute.se>
To: Goetz Bock <bock@blacknet.de>
CC: www-forms@w3.org
Goetz Bock wrote:

> IMHO this is all part of the representation and not of the data model.

I agree with you from an esthetical point of view.

However, I have the following problem. I have a Java bean and I want to
edit the properties. I would like to include an XForm in my application so
that a library can generate WML, HTML, XML, text and whatever and update
the bean from user input.

If this label and help tags are not part of the presentation you force me
to design yet another ?ML file that has to know all the intricate details
of the bean and data model. When the data model is changed, all dependent
forms need to be inspected and modified to reflect the changes. (Basically
XForm would not provide me with very little useful information, only some
validation).

Obviously this is necessary for very intricate user interfaces but as far
as I understand this is not what XForm was intended for. I understand the
goal is to make bread and butter type of forms, not where you have a real
GUI.

I think there is a case for optionally including (optional) meta
information about the data. If not, you might be esthetically more
pleasing but you will increase the redundancy. Just imaging you have a
couple of hundred forms, multiplying the required number of files by all
the supported MIME types creates a heck of a lot of work.

Kind regards,

    Peter Kriens
Received on Friday, 25 August 2000 09:16:27 GMT

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