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Re: XML Schema as a basis to form construction / documents instantiat ion

From: Kai Richter <kai.richter@zgdv.de>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 19:04:19 +0100
Message-ID: <3E493B23.40800@ZGDV.de>
To: Alexandre_Franco@Dell.com
Cc: "'www-forms@w3.org'" <www-forms@w3.org>


Sonds like a very interesting idea indeed.
There seem to be some solutions already running as listed on the W3C 
Schema page (http://www.w3.org/XML/Schema). (this one is realy nice demo)

Best regards,

Kai Richter

Mark Barratt wrote:
> Franco, Alexandre wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm starting to learn XForms, but I have an idea that some of you may
>> already have worked on: I would like to use XML Schema as a basis for web
>> forms construction. It's not the same as XForms, in fact it's much 
>> simpler:
>>            XML Schema  --->> Form Processor + User Input --->> XML 
>> Document
>> Instance
>> I would like to know your opinions about this work, have anyone built
>> something like this? Is it feasible?
> Sounds good, but may have problems in practice.
> We're working on a series of large, complex (existing) application forms 
> which need to be available in HTML and the results fed into a workflow 
> system.
> There are three key players here: the workflow system developers, the 
> business process owners, and the form-design people. Each group has 
> different, legitimate, interests in creating something that is 
> straightforward for their own systems and their own 'customers' within 
> and without the business. We have found that attempting to create a 
> common schema that can self-create a form to be an elegant theory but 
> not realistic.
> We have found that Xforms' decoupling of the user-interface from the 
> data schema to be an extremely useful thing. We are writing the form/UI 
> in XML (actually, a format which outputs to XML) to a UI-aligned schema 
> and mapping the result to the workflow data schema. The output of that 
> is Xforms, and the Xform is the source, in turn, of the HTML which the 
> user sees.
> I don't know if this is the 'right' way to approach the task, but it 
> seems to be working for us. I'd be happy to hear about other approaches...


  Dipl.-Psych. Kai Richter
  ZGDV e.V., Dept. E-Business & Information Visualization
  Fraunhoferstr. 5,  64283 Darmstadt,  Germany
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