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RE: Editing XML in Forms

From: John Boyer <JBoyer@PureEdge.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2004 09:04:19 -0700
Message-ID: <7874BFCCD289A645B5CE3935769F0B528B6471@tigger.pureedge.com>
To: "Gary Stewart" <gary@deltagreen.co.uk>, <www-forms@w3.org>

Hi Gary,

FYI, editing XML in a text area is also not a requirement of XForms 1.1.

In XForms 1.0, the form must contain or link to the data using
an instance element.

In XForms 1.1, you will be able to associate XML data with a 
compatible XML form so that by choosing to edit the data, you will
automatically be able to do so using the associated form.

John Boyer

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Stewart [mailto:gary@deltagreen.co.uk]
Sent: Monday, April 05, 2004 3:06 AM
To: www-forms@w3.org
Subject: Editing XML in Forms

I was wondering about editing XML in, say a textarea, in XForms. I suspect
that there is no easy way to do this as it is a requirement for XForms 1.1
(Section 2.4 "XForms Processor as XML Editor").

Has anyone tried any solutions for this? I could write a backend script
that upon submit, transforms entity data back into characters (though
might result in an invalid XML document so it might have to be
revalidated). However this would only work where this isn't then required
to be read by an XForms form (you wouldn't be able to "re-edit" the
document without first performing a character to entity on the relivent

Is my understanding correct about the methods required to edit XML data?


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