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Re: AJAX vs. Xforms

From: Erik Bruchez <erik@bruchez.org>
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2005 12:32:28 +0100
Message-ID: <436600CC.9020004@bruchez.org>
To: www-forms@w3.org

Elliotte Harold wrote:

> Perhaps true but mostly irrelevant. There's only one difference that 
> matters: AJAX works in today's browsers and XForms doesn't. Game. Set. 
> Match.

Fair enough. I hope the situation will change soon, with good 
server-side, Ajax-based implementations and/or pure Javascript 
implementations. To me, that kind of migration path is the only possible 
solution for a wide adoption of XForms on the web (i.e. in 
non-controlled environments).

> Bad and nonexistent implementations don't just account for the limited 
> use of XForms in the real world. They account for the paucity of 
> documentation and examples. I've considered writing about XForms but 
> I've given up because the implementations are too poor to make it 
> worthwhile. When I've talked about XForms at conferences, the demos I've 
> been able to do have been so flaky and unreliable that they've convinced 
> everyone to wait for next year.

Maybe it will be time to try again soon? Do you have any particular 
demos in mind, or even actual such examples? It would be helpful to the 
XForms community if you could share some of this, so that implementors 
can then work on making sure that your examples work!

> XForms is a classic example of the problems of writing a spec, solid as 
> it may be, in advance of actual implementation.

Can't argue against that. I believe the development of the spec should 
at least go hand in hand with the development of at least one 
implementation.

-Erik
Received on Monday, 31 October 2005 11:32:29 GMT

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