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RE: XForms Processors for IE5.x

From: markj \(Mark Jones\) <markj@crab.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 14:20:46 -0800
Message-ID: <B176704F489DB0458011BF2F44B5D3AD016881FA@dungeness.crab.org>
To: "John Boyer" <JBoyer@PureEdge.com>, "Omar Tazi" <otazi@orbeon.com>
Cc: <w3c-forms@w3.org>, <www-forms@w3.org>

Thanks for the responses.

We do alot of data capture and edit checking with web forms.
Our infrastructure is Microsoft IIS Web Servers and Oracle 9i Database and the web browsers are IE5.x and NS4.x

It appears unless we are willing to force our users to upgrade to IE6 or change over to a different Web Server then XForms may not be an option for at this time.


-----Original Message-----
From: John Boyer [mailto:JBoyer@PureEdge.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 2:03 PM
To: Omar Tazi; markj (Mark Jones)
Cc: w3c-forms@w3.org; www-forms@w3.org
Subject: RE: XForms Processors for IE5.x

While all browsers support HTML in theory,
there are lots and lots and lots of quirky
little behaviors that have to be accounted
for on a browser by browser, version by 
version basis.
And going back before IE6 is esp. bad for
achieving certain kinds of dynamic effects.

Whether this works for the individual would
depend greatly on how complex the forms are 
and how much they care about equivalent
operation (esp. compliance with all aspects
of XForms).

It's definitely an oversimplification to 
say that it's all good because it's just HTML.

John Boyer

-----Original Message-----
From: Omar Tazi [mailto:otazi@orbeon.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 11:52 AM
To: markj (Mark Jones)
Cc: w3c-forms@w3.org; www-forms@w3.org
Subject: Re: XForms Processors for IE5.x


One way of avoiding differences between browsers is to use server-side 
XForms servers. The only thing a browser receives from the Xforms server 
is HTML, I believe all browsers support HTML ;)

Check out the Orbeon Presentation Server. It is mature (more than 3 
years) and Open Source (LGPL):

Best regards,



markj (Mark Jones) wrote:
> Can anyone offer some insight as to how I can create an XForms processor that supports IE5.x
> Thanks
> Mark
Received on Tuesday, 23 November 2004 22:21:18 UTC

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