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RE: A few XForms Questions...

From: Micah Dubinko <MDubinko@cardiff.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2002 15:53:35 -0800
Message-ID: <E840F0B7E6189547BDB91DA8BF2228AB28C3A8@csmail.cardiff.com>
To: "'Dan G. Switzer, II'" <dswitzer@oar.net>, www-forms@w3.org
Hi Dan,

Your project looks very interesting. You were asking about
>1) The ability to treat a select box as a "container."

Interesting. I assume the lists have to be bound to "compatible" XML. In
other words, you wouldn't want to put an <apple> into a list of <orange>s.

I haven't tried it, but this should be possible in XForms with a few
<buttons> triggering XForms Actions <insert>, <setValue>, and <delete>.

>2) The ability to create n-related select boxes.

We do specify heirarchial selection items, but that's not exactly what
you're talking about. OK, I see

Again, I haven't tried this specific task, but it should be possible. In
fact, with partial submit and replace="instance" for incoming data, it
should even be possible for the subsequent levels to come from the server.



-----Original Message-----
From: Dan G. Switzer, II [mailto:dswitzer@oar.net]
Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2002 7:11 AM
To: www-forms@w3.org
Subject: A few XForms Questions...

I had a few general questions that I haven't seen directly answered on
the XForms site. I've been developing an open source JavaScript API
(called qForms) for about 18 months. While XForms & qForms are not
directly related, there are similarities in that we're both trying to
provide a consistent method for handling/creating forms.

As flexible as XForms is, there are a few things that seems to be absent
from the XForms spec, which seem to be some of the most used features of

1) The ability to treat a select box as a "container." qForms allows you
to bind select boxes together so that items can be moved from one select
box to another. Also, items marked as a "container" post all the options
in the select box back to the server.

2) The ability to create n-related select boxes. This is the ability to
relating select boxes together so that the value in one select box
changes depending open a parent select box.

Are this features there and I'm just missing them, or are they outside
the scope of what XForms is targeting to do? I'm really interested in
following how XForms progresses, because I see a lot of interoperability
between the two--especially since the qForms engine will work in NS3+.

Anyway, looking forward to what's to come.


qForms JavaScript API:
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