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Re: xForms replaced in UK Insurance Industry

From: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@x-port.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 13:28:13 +0000
Message-ID: <640dd5060611210528m304cb295ib6b454db9f70703a@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Andy Johnston" <arjohnston@hotmail.co.uk>
Cc: www-forms@w3.org

Hi Andy,

> Mark please could you share the article with the forum as I can't post it
> up.

Was it blocked by the list? I received it, but if you can't post it to
the list, I doubt I will be able to.


> The article clearly states that XForms is being replaced by a product from
> Edge IPK. If Edge IPK (CEO Mike Williams is quoted) are part of the forum
> perhaps they could comment? Looking at (www.edgeipk.com) edgeconnect, their
> product,  there is no mention of xForms in their product guide or website?

the edgeConnect system looks to me like a layer that delivers HTML to
the browser, so it's not necessarily the case that XForms has been
removed from the architecture altogether. It could be read that they
are "moving away" from the current presentation layer, to a different
one.

But I agree that you might be right. It would be a shame if they have
moved from XForms, since the problems with Polaris are certainly not
caused by XForms itself.


> The article is from Professional Broking, in this there is a longer article
> by the MD of Polaris who confirms the move away as being positive. Polaris
> are backed by the major UK Insurers and are responsble for iMarket (a
> portal) and the General insurance standards (based on XML).

Sure...but there are other XForms server-side systems that are better
than Polaris, there are UK insurers who are doing things that are
separate to Polaris, and there are insurance industry portals other
than iMarket--so the end is certainly not nigh. (I don't know what the
last bit about "General insurance standards" means, so I can't speak
to that part.)

I'm not suggesting complacency, but I am saying that amongst the
people we're dealing with in the UK insurance industry, XForms is well
supported and has a bright future.

Regards,

Mark

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