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Re: [Announcement] FormsPlayer beta

From: <AndrewWatt2001@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 13:44:48 EDT
Message-ID: <12d.193b439c.2ae59710@aol.com>
To: Mark.Birbeck@x-port.net, www-forms@w3.org
CC: XForms@yahoogroups.com
In a message dated 21/10/2002 18:37:26 GMT Daylight Time, 
Mark.Birbeck@x-port.net writes:


> Hello all,
> 
> BACKGROUND
> During the course of developing an internet application for a client, we
> decided to standardise on the definition of the forms in the system. This
> obviously meant using XForms.
> 
> However, as the project developed it became clear that to get complete
> control over the UI and to interact with the back-end systems in a reliable
> way, we needed something more than a simple XForms to HTML conversion. On
> the one hand we wanted the control and reliability of a traditional
> application, perhaps written in VB or C++, running on a private network, 
> and
> connected to internal databases. But on the other hand, we wanted a system
> that could cope with users spread out across the internet, data that was
> distributed across many servers - and we certainly couldn't be installing
> new client software every time the system was upgraded.
> 
> But these are conflicting requirements; we do not believe that it is
> possible to develop large, resilient, distributed applications using HTML
> and JavaScript.
> 
> FORMSPLAYER
> We therefore developed FormsPlayer, an XForms processor plug-in for 
> Internet
> Explorer 6 SP 1.
> 
> Once the processor had been installed on the client it meant that we could
> 'upgrade' the system, simply be altering the XForms forms.
> 
> BETA DOWNLOAD
> Since there have been a number of comments on this list about the
> availability of XForms processors in the major browsers, we've decided to
> make this software available in its current form, as our contribution to
> encouraging the wider adoption of XForms. Far from XForms being a 
> technology
> of the future, we believe it is very much something for today.
> 
> Of course, we hope in return to receive feedback and bug reports.
> 
> If you are interested in the software then please download it from:
> 
>     <http://www.FormsPlayer.com/>
> 
> You'll also find some simple samples that illustrate using XForms:
> 
>     * for multi-lingual applications
>     * with the Design Science MathML plug-in
>     * for easy interaction with Web Services
> 
> You may find of particular interest the Web Services samples; one shows how
> to search Google, and the other shows the chaining of two Web Services
> together, using the output of one as the input to the other.
> 
> Best regards,
> 
> Mark
> 

Mark,

Very interesting.

I have copied your post to the XForms mailing list at Yahoogroups.com and 
would encourage other vendors / player providers to make announcements there 
too.

I look forward to trying your product. I guess it will be in the 
documentation somewhere but which version of the WD does your product 
support?

Thanks

Andrew Watt
Received on Monday, 21 October 2002 13:45:28 GMT

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