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From: Roman Huditsch <roman.huditsch@hico.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 18:01:29 +0200
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To: "Robert Simmons" <derisor@arcor.de>, <www-forms@w3.org>

Hi all,

Well, actually many of our customers do also want to have the possibility to enter formatted text into form fields. 
Unfortunately there is no sense in trying to discuss the real purpose of XForms - as Robert stated it - with them, because either they get 
the functionality they want or there will be no project and of course no money, too...

I hope that there will be some way to make them think in the same way we do about XForms.....


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-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: Robert Simmons [mailto:derisor@arcor.de]
Gesendet: Freitag, 29. August 2003 17:30
An: www-forms@w3.org
Betreff: Re: Can XForms handle rich text?

Why would you want to? XForms is a model for data entry and is not related to
presentation logic or data processing at all. Mixing them would be ... bad. In
fact the separation of presentation and data entry model is at the core of the
driving force for XForms.

It seems to me that what you are looking for is XSLT and not XForms. XSLT is a
technology for converting componetized XML technologies into various
presentation schemes. Check out XSLT and apache cocoon.

-- Robert

<Robert_Barker@vanguard.com> wrote in message
> We are working on a web based solution to capture documents in XML in order
> to display later in different formats.
> The issues we are facing are:
> 1.  How to capture Rich Text like italics, bold, underline, bulleted items.
> We are trying to use something other than Microsoft Client Software
> Products (Word, Infopath).
> 2.  How to display the xml in a PDF or html format retaining the nice
> format?  Here are thoughts are to use XSL-FO, but we are looking for a tool
> to help us create the formatted output.
> Can XFORMS capture the rich text (bullets, italics, etc.)?
> Any other thoughts?  Thanks.
> Bob Barker
> The Vanguard Group.
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