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ANN: Preview of formsPlayer 2.0 and the Sidewinder Web Applications Viewer Available

From: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@x-port.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2005 14:56:28 -0000
Message-ID: <5060B374-CC00-4495-8AAD-07C469854034@S009>
To: <www-forms@w3.org>
Cc: <w3c-forms@w3.org>

Hello everyone,

If you interested in the future of rich client software and web
applications, then you may find the following useful.

A preview is available of formsPlayer 2.0 and the Sidewinder Web
Applications Viewer 1.0:


fP:2.0 should not affect formsPlayer 1.x installations in any way (they
should exist side-by-side), but if there are problems please let us know.

Sample applications are:

 * a digital clock;
 * a calculator with 'aqua' buttons and a 'brushed
   metal' background;
 * three analogue clocks showing different time zones.

All source is XHTML, so you can examine the code and start to alter it, if
you are interested.

The Viewer supports:

 * validation of loaded documents against a schema
   that includes XHTML 1.0, XForms 1.0/1.1, SVG 1.0
   and MathML 2.0;
 * mixed namespace documents without the need for
   object tags;
 * docking to an edge;
 * auto-hiding on losing focus, and re-activation
   on mouse-over;
 * transparent background so that applications can
   sit over the top of others;
 * opacity, so that other applications can 'show

Plug-ins are required if a document contains one or more of:

 * SVG
 * XForms
 * MathML

Plug-ins supported at the moment are:

 * Adobe's SVG Viewer, for SVG 1.0;
 * formsPlayer 1.3, for XForms 1.0;
 * formsPlayer 2.0, for XForms 1.1;
 * Design Science's MathPlayer for MathML 2.0.

formsPlayer 2.0 supports:

 * an implementation of XForms 1.1;
 * an almost complete implementation of XBL 1.0;
 * new submission methods, including access to any
   ADO database;
 * side-bars and toolbars in the browser;
 * system tray messages.

There are some bugs in fP:2.0, so we would not suggest at this stage using
it for more than the preview. However, we should very quickly be moving to a
beta stage.



Mark Birbeck
x-port.net Ltd.

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