Possible submission improvements for XForms 1.2


Some time ago I worked on allowing the submission attributes and child elements on the send and submit element [1].

This will allow a form author to add a submission without the need to add a model, which will help the gradually introduction of the MVC architecture. A new form author can start with forms that only contain form controls, and add a submission related attributes and element when he needs it. When the author requires more advanced features he can add the model element which will enable more advanced feature (eventing).

This feature additionally solves the following use case: having multiple submissions that are almost identical but differ only by one or a few attributes. Currently you have to define multiple submissions that only differ slightly or you have to use an XPath expression but this requires a separate instance and a setvalue to parameterize the submission.

I was wondering if we could add this feature to XForms 1.2? I'm also volunteering to do the actual work (proposing spec ready text, and merging it into the spec) if the group wants to go forward with this feature.


Nick Van den Bleeken
R&D Manager

Phone: +32 3 821 01 70
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1: http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Forms/wiki/Allow_submission_elements_without_model_element

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