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RE: Multiple actions for forms

From: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@x-port.net>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2004 12:17:42 -0000
To: "'W3C HTML List'" <www-html@w3.org>
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Lachlan,

> Rather than waiting for xforms to be implemented in Uas ...

Who's waiting? formsPlayer is already 100% conformant, and is available
now, for those who want a plug-in for IE. Also, Novell and HUT have 100%
conformant processors, as part of complete browsers, and there are a
number of non-conformant, but evolving, implementations for various
platforms.

> ... it might be simpler to have a simple server side script that
> collects the data, checks the payment method and forwards the
> transaction to paypal if required.  That way your form will
> always be submitted to the same place initially, but processed
> according to the user's selections in the form.

A major challenge for the next generation of software development will
be to get away from dependence on spaghetti server-side script, as much
to get away from spaghetti client-side script. A 'standards-based'
rich-client would allow Jason's sample to be taken even further, and one
form could be used by many different individuals, all posting to
different places, but without having to have dynamic server-side
generation (which binds you in to one platform). XForms is a part of
that solution.

Regards,

Mark


Mark Birbeck
CEO and CTO
x-port.net Ltd.

Download our XForms
processor for IE from
http://www.formsPlayer.com/
Received on Thursday, 5 February 2004 07:18:07 UTC

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