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From: Brent Daviduck <bdaviduck@shaw.ca>
Date: Tue, 03 Sep 2002 09:55:25 -0700
To: www-forms@w3.org
Message-id: <5.1.0.14.2.20020903093335.00ac2160@shawmail.ed.shawcable.net>

I know it is a bit late to ask, but I was wondering if the working group every considered XML'ifing the Independent Form Description Language (IFDL) used by Digitial Equipments decForms product (back in the VAX/VMS days)?, see:
http://www.openvms.compaq.com:8000/73final/documentation/PDF/decforms_ifdl_ref_gd.PDF

The decForms product was simple to understand, simple to implement, and the UI was handled by a "forms manager" that was linked to the application.  In my opinion (and in a perfect world), if a plug-in "forms manager" was available for web browsers (similar to the Flash plugin), the web developer would create an IFDL form description file and when the IFDL file is loaded by the browser, the browser would render the User Interface, handle all field changes, and would POST back to the server the form data as XML.

Overly simplistic, perhaps, but I think such a plugin would gain mass appeal very quickly with web developers even if the plug-in worked only with IE.

Just my two cents worth.

Brent D.
Received on Tuesday, 3 September 2002 13:53:28 GMT

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