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RE: XForms Myths Exposed - By Ian Hixie (Opera)

From: Goodrich, Christopher Michael <cmgoodr@sandia.gov>
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 08:04:52 -0700
Message-ID: <C01B7DAB36AB864E9C99F5B79655413A02FFF7D7@ES20SNLNT.srn.sandia.gov>
To: www-forms@w3.org

Hi all.

I've been "lurking" on the list for quite some time now because I'm
wanting to find another way to interface with my xml files that display
on my web pages.  The reason I've been just sitting tight is primarily
because implementing something new here takes a while, and I don't have
the time to spare on something that isn't going to work with our
currently implemented technology.  I'm hoping the technology will get
there (we have adopted Mozilla/Firefox on some platforms), but it's not
there yet.

The main reason I'm piping up now is this Myth list leaves me with
really cold feet, but I'm not ready to just give up yet.  Since I have
not actually sat down to code anything in xforms yet, can someone give
me a laymans explanation of what this means?  I might have to get
technical with the details of what I'm trying to do, but the simple
explanation is I'd like a web-based interface to update, add, and delete
records in a custom xml file residing on our corporate web server that
has access restrictions.  Currently we are using Infopath in the Office
2003 suite to do this (I hate this option).  So can anyone explain if
these myths seem to bring my hopes crashing down, or whether I should
just hang on? 

Thank you,

Christopher M Goodrich A+
Corporate Computing Help Desk
Sandia National Laboratories
Science Applications International Corporation
(505) 284-4797 

-----Original Message-----
From: www-forms-request@w3.org [mailto:www-forms-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Ian Hickson
Sent: Friday, March 11, 2005 7:29 AM
To: jason
Cc: www-forms@w3.org
Subject: RE: XForms Myths Exposed - By Ian Hixie (Opera)

On Fri, 11 Mar 2005, jason wrote:
> I think he makes some pretty reasonable points actually.

Heh, thanks.

> one thing I would say in XForms favour is that if you are using it for

> x-platform compatibility, then as long as you stick to xforms (ie dont

> use
> script) then your app will run on any x-forms compatible renderer 
> (whethere is visually based or something else!) you just cant do that 
> with script. you would need a different version of the script for each

> target.

You shouldn't. While there may be some bugs in browsers that force you
to have slightly different code (like there might be bugs in an XPath
implementation that force you to do different XPath for different UAs),
by and large scripts should work the same on all UAs.

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