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RE: Will Internet Explorer support XForms

From: Michael Pearce <michaelp@foedero.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2003 12:38:29 -0400
To: "'Sasso, John J (Research, Logic Technology Inc.)'" <sasso@research.ge.com>, "'Mike Shupe'" <MShupe@AnyDocSoftware.com>, <www-forms@w3.org>
Message-ID: <005501c38e83$c60c2310$6701a8c0@user2>
We have a xform filler to satisfy this need. Hope this helps.
Michael (Mike) Pearce
VP Sales & Marketing

Foedero Technologies Inc.
Tel:(905) 839-9815
Fax:(905) 839-9251

email: michaelp@foedero.com
Site URL: http://www.foedero.com

-----Original Message-----
From: www-forms-request@w3.org [mailto:www-forms-request@w3.org]On Behalf Of Sasso, John J (Research, Logic Technology Inc.)
Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2003 11:38 AM
To: 'Mike Shupe'; 'www-forms@w3.org'
Subject: RE: Will Internet Explorer support XForms

Well, I'll pipe up.  First, I do not know what the status is (if any) of Microsoft's eventual support of XForms, nor the other
issues you mentioned (e.g.  CSS).  I've had the same concerns you have.  I do work in an environment that, like others, has much
invested (time, effort, money, knowledge, tools, etc.) in a slim few browsers.  Internet Explorer and Mozilla.

Switching to an obscure or less-known browser that supports XForms is not an option.  Support for XForms through Mozilla appears
promising.  The apparent lack of interest of support for XForms et.al. by Microsoft is disconcerting, and makes for interoperability
across a heterogeneous environment problematic.   This is not intended to be "Microsoft bashing", but I real concern that I don't
think I am alone on.


  -----Original Message-----
  From: Mike Shupe [mailto:MShupe@AnyDocSoftware.com]
  Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2003 11:20 AM
  To: 'www-forms@w3.org'
  Subject: Will Internet Explorer support XForms

  I am curious.

  It seems to me that the value of XForms depends heavily on its being supported by the browsers. However, I have not heard any
indication that Microsoft intends to support XForms in IE. They don't mention it anywhere on their site. Furthermore, they are not
complying with it in their InfoPath product which suggests to me that XForms and InfoPath are competing.  That is, Microsoft will
probably have a vested interest in NOT supporting XForms. This concern was further confirmed after reading about Microsoft's lack of
interest in fixing CSS bugs in IE.

  At the same time, I don't find anybody expressing concern about this in any of the XForms sites or forums.

  Am I missing something?

  Michael Shupe
  Project Leader
  AnyDoc Software, Inc.
  813 222 0414
Received on Thursday, 9 October 2003 12:41:23 UTC

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