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Re: Is or isn't scripting needed, was RE: XForms vs. Web Forms

From: Anne van Kesteren <fora@annevankesteren.nl>
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2005 19:41:25 +0100
Message-ID: <42387DD5.4030501@annevankesteren.nl>
To: John Boyer <JBoyer@PureEdge.com>
CC: "Goodrich, Christopher Michael" <cmgoodr@sandia.gov>, www-forms@w3.org

John Boyer wrote:
> This is curious to me. If not with a pile of javascript, then can you
> explain how else the new attributes and their values will be given
> meaning other than by a browser upgrade?

I thought we were comparing "native implementations". If you want to 
implement WF2 in a curernt browser, then yes, you need scripting. 
However, you could create a plugin as well, as is done for XForms.

> Without scripting, isn't it the case that the WHAT-WG is no more 
> compatible with IE and other existing browsers than XForms?

Not really. Where IE would download a page using XForms embedded in 
XHTML it would show a page using WF2 in HTML. Also, the form can still 
be submitted, but client-side validation is lost.

> With scripting, isn't it true that existing browsers can be used for
> the WHAT-WG proposal?  But isn't it also true that with scripting the
> existing browsers can be used to support XForms?

The first is true. The second is false. IE doesn't support the 
'application/xhtml+xml' namespace, for example.

  Anne van Kesteren
Received on Wednesday, 16 March 2005 18:41:50 UTC

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