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RE: xforms and wokflow?

From: Jason Eacott <jeacott@hardlight.com.au>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2005 13:07:18 +0930
To: "Sikora, Gary" <gjsikora@progeny.net>
Cc: www-forms@w3.org
Message-ID: <4305D986.20424.4702AD1@localhost>

	so if I were using formfaces (it shouldn't make any difference)
then how would you approach the problem?


Subject:        	RE: xforms and wokflow?
Date sent:      	Thu, 18 Aug 2005 23:49:08 -0400
From:           	"Sikora, Gary" <gjsikora@progeny.net>
To:             	<jeacott@hardlight.com.au>

> Try ForeFaces and we can help ... Cleaner approach ... No division
> between server-side and client-side processing ... 
> Very respectfully,
> Gary Sikora, FormFaces Product Manager
> -----Original Message-----
> From: www-forms-request@w3.org [mailto:www-forms-request@w3.org] On
> Behalf Of Jason Eacott
> Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2005 22:51
> To: www-forms@w3.org
> Subject: xforms and wokflow?
> Hi,
> 	heres a use case I have to implement, and I'd sday its a very
> common scenario. I already have an xform that can define and build
> simple xforms (an xform builder form :)  ).
> the forms it builds can submit the data to any number of email addresses
> and optionally send it to a data sink too (it always sends it to the
> sink if no email addresses are assigned)
> ok - so now I have to implement a simple workflow into the system.
> after one of these generated forms (just a plain old xform - we could
> have started the story here but I thought some background might help -
> hope it doesnt confuse) is made it gets used.
> when a user fills in a form and submits the data, that data needs to be
> approved before it is stored/emailed. it may need to be approved by
> multiple folk, so using a workflow engine would make sense.
> is there any way to intercept the processing of an xform so that I can
> accept the submission, send out other emails for confirmation on other
> forms, and then somehow ask an xform to complete its tasks.
> I can see how I might have one form that just submits, then do some
> serverside logic for the workflow , get another form for answers, then
> just write code serverside to dump  the data into the sink, and send off
> the various email responses if the data is approved, but how could I
> achieve this last part by letting the xform do all that (because it
> already knows how to) I may have an advantage that I am using chiba -
> serverside xforms implementation, so perhaps I could instantiate half a
> form serverside or something.
> I run across this kind of thing all the time with xforms, I don't want
> to break up my simple definition of what data should go where - it works
> well all described in a simple xform, I just want to insert some
> workflow before it completes. how can i do this kind of thing without
> getting REALLY ugly?
> any thoughts appreciated.
> thanks
> Jason.
Received on Friday, 19 August 2005 03:52:33 UTC

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