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FW: XBRL in XForms - demo published on http://www.formsplayer.com /showcase/index.html

From: Mark Birbeck <Mark.Birbeck@x-port.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2003 09:54:06 -0000
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To: www-forms@w3.org
Cc: "XForms WG (w3c-forms@w3.org)" <w3c-forms@w3.org>, "Francisco Monteiro (monteiro@tiscali.co.uk)" <monteiro@tiscali.co.uk>, 'SCOTT STOKES ' <IMCEAMAILTO-scottstokes+40optusnet+2Ecom+2Eau@ePolitix.com>

Dear all,

A number of people have asked us about a demonstration XForm that Francisco
referred to in a recent post. For those interested I forward the
announcement by Facile and UBMatrix of their demonstration, which is
available for download in the Showcase area of the formsPlayer site (which
also contains a rather succinct summary of XForms).

It's an impressive form, and shows the power of XForms, particularly in
relation to other XML standards (in this case XBRL). I'm sure the authors
would appreciate any feedback list members might have.



Mark Birbeck
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Professional XML Meta Data,
both by Wrox Press

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-----Original Message-----
From: David SCOTT STOKES [mailto:scottstokes@optusnet.com.au] 
Sent: 31 October 2003 09:38
To: xbrl-int@yahoogroups.com
Cc: Francisco Monteiro; Mark Birbeck
Subject: XBRL in XForms - demo published on

Those implementing XBRL will be interested to know that XBRL works well in
the new electronic forms standard from W3C. The XForms standard is expected
to be very widely adopted as a replacement for HTML forms.
A solution was built by Francisco Monteiro that uses a Spec 2.0a taxonomy
based upon a recent version of FormsPlayer supplied
by xport.net. Francisco's solution is available as a free download
from http://www.formsplayer.com/showcase/index.html . FormsPlayer is also
downloadable from this site for those who want to look more at XForms.
Subsequent showcase publications are expected to showcase forms
using taxonomies produced by the new UBmatrix Automator and Spec 2.1.   
Here are a few more details about XForms.
W3C releases XForms spec 
The World Wide Web consortium (W3C) put the finishing touches on XForms 1.0,
its specification for building standardized XML-based forms and announced
that the spec is ready for widespread deployment. The XForms spec offers a
platform-independent XML-based method for creating electronic forms for the
Web. Although similar functionality is provided by Adobe, through its PDF
technology, and now Microsoft, with its recently released InfoPath, both of
those methods require proprietary servers or front-end software. The W3C
spec, by contrast, works with any browser and does not require proprietary
XForms splits traditional XHTML forms into three parts:
(1) XForms model - this is the non-visible definition of an XML form as
specified by XForms. The XML Schema used by UK IR is bound to a XBRL
Taxonomy in order to produce valid XBRL instance documents. Ideally, the
base Schema will be in XBRL, so the XForm can simply be bound to elements in
the XBRL Taxonomy.
(2) instance data - the prototype produces Spec 2.0a XBRL instance
documents. These can be worked on in either or both client server mode. For
example, XML content can be seeded into an XForm from the server, edited,
saved on the client system, reloaded, re-edited and then submitted back to a
central server. 
(3) User interface - XForms is not a free-standing document type,
but intended to be integrated into other markup languages, such as XHTML or
SVG. The FormsPlayer XForms Processor is an add in to IE 6 and is based upon
XForms therefore separates presentation from content, allows reuse, gives
strong typing-reducing the number of round-trips to the server, as well as
offering device independence and a reduced need for scripting.
For a complete overview of the XForms spec, go to
IT Specialist Chartered Accountant PMP MACS
Country Manager - UBmatrix Australia  
david.scott.stokes@ubmatrix.com.au    www.ubmatrix.com.au  
Co-Chair - XBRL Australia Strategy Working Group   www.xbrl.org.au 
Director - Information Management Australia  
david.scott.stokes@inman.com.au    www.inman.com.au 
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