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RE: xforms development questions: anyone there?

From: Jim Wissner <jim@jbrix.org>
Date: Sun, 04 Nov 2001 13:11:21 -0500
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To: Micah Dubinko <MDubinko@cardiff.com>, "'www-forms@w3.org'" <www-forms@w3.org>


Thank you very much for the reply.  I apologize for the length of my 
earlier posts, I guess I was a little over-anxious! I will keep my posts 
short from now on. :)

This question is a simple one. With the selectBoolean control, how is it 
handled when the field to which it is bound is optional, and for a given 
instance data set there is no value? Having it displayed as true or false 
misleads the user to thinking that there is in fact a value set, and if it 
is "defaulted" to their desire choice, they may not touch it, thinking it 
is set properly. Should a value automatically be assigned upon display of 
this control? I have wondered the same thing about selectOne, with a 
drop-down box, however in that case I assume it is acceptable to add a 
blank item to the top of the choice list.


At 05:23 PM 11/3/2001 -0800, Micah Dubinko wrote:
>Let me second Andrew's wise advice: one question per message is better. :-)
>Look for an updated Schema for XForms on the www-forms list today. At this
>stage, your best resource for complete examples is probably yourself! If you
>share your experiences on the list, we will absolutely read and be
>influenced by your messages (even if we don't do a good job answering every
>Also, the friendly folks at http://www.zvon.org are interested in
>maintaining examples and a test suite for XForms 1.0. Get in touch with them
>and see what happens.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Jim Wissner [mailto:jim@jbrix.org]
>Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2001 11:00 AM
>To: www-forms@w3.org
>Subject: xforms development questions: anyone there?
>I posted some questions on this list a while ago and received zero
>responses. Before I give up I'll try one more time, with a few new
>Is this the wrong place to post questions about development of xforms
>If so, can somebody please direct me to a more appropriate place?
>...and some more technical questions:
>In the specification I see many sample fragments, but only one complete
>example. Is there someplace where I can find several more comprehensive
>xforms examples? How about some that don't presume to be embedded in an
>XHTML document? Or, as I asked before, are browsers (big and small) the
>only interest that merits discussion at this point?
>What if any are the constraints for enclosing bodies that hold xforms
>information? For instance, can I have a larger application definition file
>that includes xform:xform definitions, xform:defComponents, xform:groups of
>components, in any arbitrary containing element, and then process them as
>I guess I'll hold off on my other technical questions until I know where to
>direct them.
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