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Re: XForms and InfoPath

From: <Robert_Barker@Vanguard.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 07:15:14 -0400
To: AndrewWatt2001@aol.com
Cc: www-forms@w3.org, www-forms-request@w3.org, xforms@yahoogroups.com
Message-ID: <OFEBE674B4.B03E4CB4-ON85256D08.003D856A-85256D08.003DD230@vanguard.com>


One big difference between XForms and InfoPath is that InfoPath is a client
side application meaning that a person must have InfoPath software
installed on their desktop to see and use the form.  I was assuming that it
would be a browser app with Microsoft putting the InfoPath engine in their
internet explorer.

Maybe that would be version 2.0.




                                                                                                                                       
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A follow up comment to my earlier question about XForms and InfoPath.

Quite unexpectedly, today I have ended up reading quite a bit of
Microsoft's
publicly available information on InfoPath.

Relevant URLs include:
http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/infopath/default.asp
http://www.microsoft.com/office/using/column18.asp
http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/infopath/guide.asp (Document
download
of ~50 pages)

InfoPath is being sold as XML delivering dynamic forms front end for XML
Web
Services.

I still haven't seen InfoPath in the flesh but, at the present time, it
seems
to me that XForms and InfoPath are going to be going head to head in
certain
spaces.

I think the XML-enabled forms space is going to be a very, very interesting

one over the next couple of years.

It wouldn't surprise me at all if both XForms and InfoPath "win" - in the
sense that both technologies gain substantial market following.

Maybe, just maybe, InfoPath 2.0 will make use of XForms??? :)

Interesting times lie ahead. At least that is my $0.02. :)

Andrew Watt
Received on Monday, 14 April 2003 07:15:30 GMT

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