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Re: XForms Design Tools - What is out there?

From: <AndrewWatt2001@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2004 07:18:18 EST
Message-ID: <81.5ffcf4c.2d6c9b0a@aol.com>
To: daniel.fowler@focus-solutions.co.uk
Cc: www-forms@w3.org, XForms@yahoogroups.com
Hi Daniel,

Having, so far, had only a look at your Flash demos XFormation seems ... at 
least at first sight ... to be the best XForms designer I have seen yet. Well 
done and I look forward to seeing what the Pro version can do.

One nit-pick. In the Flash demos (I haven't downloaded the trial yet) you 
show "Html" and "Head" etc as supposedly XHTML elements. It seems to me that it 
would be an improvement to get the case correct.

The "XFormation is the best I have seen yet" remark isn't intended 
specifically to be a provocation to others developing XForms design tools but if it 
makes them think "Hey [our tool] is at least as good" and flushes them out of the 
woodwork then that has to be good for XForms. The XForms community needs to be 
aware of these tools.

Andrew Watt

In a message dated 2/24/2004 10:18:14 AM GMT Standard Time, 
daniel.fowler@focus-solutions.co.uk writes:

> Hi Andrew,
> XFormation is an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for the authoring 
> of XForms. It currently supports XForms creation via schema driven context 
> sensitive menus,  previewing and debugging via the formsPlayer renderer, XForms 
> generation from schemas and multiple views of the same document.
> www.xformation.com
> Regards,
>  DAN
> Daniel Fowler
>  Focus Software Limited
>  -----Original Message-----
> From: AndrewWatt2001@aol.com [mailto:AndrewWatt2001@aol.com]
> Sent: 23 February 2004 20:28
> To: www-forms@w3.org; XForms@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: XForms Design Tools - What is out there?
> >> [In a sense this is a repeat of a post from April 2003. The XForms player 
>> side seems to be healthy but XForms design tools are much less visible - at 
>> least to me.]
>> <quote>
>> What XForms design tools are presently available?
>> Looking at the list of Implementations yesterday the Holosofx (sp?) XForm 
>> designer seemed to be interesting but, on the face of it at least, has been 
>> swallowed into IBM.
>> LiquidOffice seems to have a design component.
>> What other XForms design tools are out there?
>> On list responses are obviously ideal since the whole XForms community 
>> benefits by public sharing of knowledge. However, if your product is under 
>> wraps and you can only share information under an NDA I would be happy to 
>> hear of emerging interesting tools off list.
>> </quote>
>> I assume the Holosofx designer will be part of WebSphere. Can anyone 
>> confirm that?
>> Which tools are folks using to design XForms?
>> Are there any interesting betas out there?
>> Can I suggest that the Implementations section of the XForms page at W3C, 
>> http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Forms/#implementations, be updated and split into 
>> viewers and design tools?
>> Andrew Watt 
Received on Tuesday, 24 February 2004 07:18:23 UTC

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