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RE: problem with multiple pages (switch/case)

From: John Boyer <boyerj@ca.ibm.com>
Date: Wed, 26 May 2010 15:16:33 -0700
To: "Klotz, Leigh" <Leigh.Klotz@xerox.com>
Cc: "Jabba Laci" <jabba.laci@gmail.com>, "xforms" <www-forms@w3.org>
Message-ID: <OFC3AA2B1E.A304AED4-ON8825772F.0079CB31-8825772F.007A6035@ca.ibm.com>
Minor point.
All the essential points Leigh makes are correct, but you can in fact put 
an xforms:output inside of an xforms:hint. 

See the second table here: 

The content model for xforms:hint includes UIContent, which is defined to 
contain outputs: 

The essential issue, though, is that an xforms output cannot appear 
directly inside other controls, but rather have to appear in these 
metadata elements.  Moreover, the content model of output is a label, so 
you could put your text in that (along with more outputs, in fact). 
However, the purpose of output is not really to hold just plain text, but 
usually it is to use a binding or value attribute to output data to the 
presentation layer, since as Leigh points out you can just put plain text 
directly into elements like xforms hint.

John M. Boyer, Ph.D.
STSM, Lotus Forms
Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software
IBM Victoria Software Lab
E-Mail: boyerj@ca.ibm.com 

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"Klotz, Leigh" <Leigh.Klotz@xerox.com>
"Jabba Laci" <jabba.laci@gmail.com>, "xforms" <www-forms@w3.org>
05/26/2010 01:26 PM
RE: problem with multiple pages (switch/case)

I tested your multipage-problem.xhtml under AgenceXML XSLTForms and was 
able to see the buttons (and cases) for page 1,3,4,5,6.
I understand you removed page 2.

I made a few changes:

1. Remove the DTD header 
The file is not XHTML, but XHTML+XForms, so DTD validation is incorrect.
Since the XHTML DTD defines the &nbsp; entity, I replaced those with 
The &amp; entity is predefined in XML so it's OK.

2. Fix validation errors in XForms
Instead of 
                  <xforms:output>(minimal value: 1.0 ; maximal value: 
                  <xforms:hint>(minimal value: 1.0 ; maximal value: 
xf:output doesn't use text inside it, and xf:output cannot appear inside 
other controls.

Move the xf:output elements outside of xf:upload, as xf:output cannot 
appear inside other form controls.

3. Change to use XSLTForms
In place of the DTD header, use this instead:
 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
 <?xml-stylesheet href="/xsltforms/xsltforms.xsl" type="text/xsl" ?>
 <?xsltforms-options css="no" debug="yes" ?>
Of course, to do this you must have a recent SVN version of XSLTForms 
available at the stylesheet href.

If you still have this same problem under XSLTForms, please write back. 
However, if this fixes your problem, I think it means you have found a bug 
in Mozilla XForms and you can discuss it on the dev-tech-xforms mailing 
list that mozilla.org hosts.  (Of course, if you find bugs specific to 
XSLTForms that aren't general XForms problems, the xsltforms-support 
mailing list is the appropriate place to report them.)


-----Original Message-----
From: www-forms-request@w3.org [mailto:www-forms-request@w3.org] On Behalf 
Of Jabba Laci
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 4:43 PM
To: xforms
Subject: Re: problem with multiple pages (switch/case)

> Second, you might try de-coupling your JSP and XForms problems and 
testing them separately.  The JSP processing all happens before the 
XHTML+XForms page is delivered to Firefox, so either the page it produces 
isn't correct, or there's a bug in the Mozilla XForms feature.  Is it 
possible for you to "Save" the page from Firefox locally and run it 
locally?  You may need to convert instance initiailizations to relative 
references to files instead of having it go back to the server.


Thanks for the two answers. We have tried several variations, without 
success. I would like to send you a problematic file, maybe someone could 
help me:

( the same file in .zip:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/144888/share/multipage-problem.xhtml.zip )

[If you click on the link, most probably it will work fine, but if you 
save it and open it locally with the file:// protocol, the last two tabs 
are not shown.]

I took the JSP file and removed all JSP calls, so now it's just a plain 
XHTML file. In our application these JSP files are generated, we have lots 
of them. The problem is that sometimes the last (or the last
two) pages are not shown correctly, i.e. the part in the "case" block is 
We have two cases:

(1) The JSP page is not shown correctly, BUT after a page refresh in the 
browser everything is OK.

(2) The JSP page is not shown correctly, and page refreshes in the browser 
do not help.

As I noticed, small JSP files tend to fall in category (1), while large 
XForms (size of the source > 100 KB) fall in (2).

I took a sample from category (2), converted it to local XHTML file (no 
JSP calls), and when opened through the file:// protocol, the last two 
pages are not shown. To reduce the size, "page 2" is removed. The file is 
quite big, but if I remove one more tab, it seems to work.
However, we would need all tabs, and some forms are even larger.


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