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Re: Will Internet Explorer support XForms

From: Brent Daviduck <bdaviduck@shaw.ca>
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2003 10:37:40 -0500
To: Mike Shupe <mshupe@anydocsoftware.com>
Cc: www-forms@w3.org
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Hi Mike,

Like yourself, I have wondered the same, but have found little evidence that Microsoft will support XForms.  I would think the only interest they have in XForms is to make sure that their InfoPath product matches (and exceeds) anything offered by XForms.

Am I concerned, absolutely -- as a developer I really don't see the advantage in using XForms if Microsoft produces an in-house product that is compatible with Internet Explorer and Office software.

The only real hope seems to be if a plug-in such as FormsPlayer were adopted by Microsoft...

That is my two cents worth.

Brent D.

At 09-10-2003 11:17 AM, you wrote:

>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

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