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RE: Server-side support for translation of XForms to XHTML

From: Sikora, Gary <gary.sikora@progeny.net>
Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2003 09:37:24 -0500
Message-ID: <D27363C4B7977B4DAEBFCFA059BCA5D407D9B1@es1.progeny.net>
To: <www-forms@w3.org>

Irwin,

We have a server-side transcoder that converts XForms to DXHTML - the
XForms functionality is converted to JavaScript.  We are currently using
it within our own IT and a Navy Enterprise application.  We've tested it
on Netscape and IE.  We currently use it within a Java container and
also configuring it so it can be used with other server implementation
such as PHP, Perl and .Net.  We are building a trancoder for smaller
footprint browsers - WML is falling off the map, therefore we are
looking at XHTML Basic and SVG.

The big advantage of this framework is that the Web application
interaction layer is modeled using XForms.  Today we transcode it to be
compatible with today's browsers.  Tomorrow we can simply bypass it for
XForms compatible browsers.  Today we do this for the X-Smiles browser
which is XForms compatible.

We also have supporting tools and engines for this framework: an XForms
database interface and an XForms editor.

Gary Sikora
Progeny Systems Corp
8809 Sudley Rd Suite 101
Manassas Va 20110

>From: Arcana <arcana@yetta.net>
>To: www-forms@w3.org
>Subject: Server-side support for translation of XForms to XHTML
>Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2003 23:19:16 -0500
>
>
>Hello,
>
>I'm doing development for a content management system and I would like
to 
>ask
>about the current maturity of XForms.  As of now it does not seem that
any 
>of
>the popular browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Opera) supports
XForms.
>Please correct me if the information I read is outdated.
>
>I am very new to XForms and I would like to know if it's worth
investing in
>learning them.  It seems that XForms will save me a lot of server
scripting
>effort, but if there is little support for end users I cannot use it.
The
>application is to be done for the end of this month so there is no time
for
>me to "wait" for someone to do an XForms implementation.
>
>I am wondering if there is a way to use a server-side scripting
language to
>convert XForms for display on non-XForms browsers.  In other words, are

>there
>software libraries for PHP or other languages that will load an XForm
page
>and convert it to something such as XHTML on the server-side for
display on
>incompatible browsers?  Can XForms be translated in this way?  I use a
>similar method for transforming my XML/XSLT pages server side for
browsers
>that do not support XML/XSLT.
>
>Thank you for reading.  Please have a good day,
>
>--
>-- Irwin
>
>Dreams may be in sleep, or may occur waking.  In all cases, listen to
your
>dreams.


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