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Re: Welcome to the Real-World; The Future of XForms

From: Jonathan R Young <Jonathan.R.Young@uk.ibm.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 07:58:47 +0100
To: Gerald Bauer <luxorxul@yahoo.ca>
Cc: www-forms@w3.org, www-forms-request@w3.org, xforms@yahoogroups.com
Message-ID: <OF3D4C643B.FEC88E7F-ON80256D05.0025B9E6@portsmouth.uk.ibm.com>
>> Um, IBM has just released an XForms prototype. And
>> Oracle has one in the pipeline too, I understand. 

> Well, it's one thing to throw together a server-side
>tag lib that spits out HTML, it's another to build a
>rich browser with built-in XForms support challenging
>Internet Explorer.

Don't expect everything that IBM does to be open source straight away! 
Since one of the authors of the spec is from IBM, and we have <i>in 
production</i> several real world engagements (in Global Services, not 
Software Group) based on the CR spec (and earlier). In my <humble> 
opinion, the server side component is actually more important than having 
a browser that can render an XForm natively, since the point of XML-out is 
integration with other systems, which requires a server side 
implementation of some of the functionality. The server components can 
also transcode the XForm for what ever user-agent requires access to the 

The alphaworks release represents just some of the work going on in IBM to 
do with XForms.


Jonathan R. Young 

IBM Global Services - IT Architect

Received on Friday, 11 April 2003 03:01:11 UTC

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