FW: Re: XForms Use Case

On Jan 12, 2011, at 16:55, Michael Kay wrote:

> Currently missing from the initial use cases at
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html-xml/2010Dec/0064.html
> (and from our discussions) is any mention of XForms. There's a significant 
community that believes in the merits of this approach to creating user 
interfaces. Can XForms and HTML5 coexist? Certainly, XForms is another XML 
vocabulary that's a sensible candidate for embedding in HTML.

As a historical data point, it's worth noting that the HTML5 effort got started 
because Opera and Apple went on the record rejecting XForms 
(http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-forms-editor/2003Sep/0006.html) and 
Opera started the Web Forms 2.0 effort instead and that effort grew into 

> Or is it irrelevant, because you can just as well use XHTML?

I think it's not irrelevant for that reason.

However, I think considering XForms should be out of scope and out of order, 
because there was already another Task Force for pondering the "architectural 
consistency" between HTML forms and an envisioned (now dead) flavor of XForms. 
XForms interests lobbied heavily for having the Task Force, but once it was set 
up, the nominated participants from the Forms WG did very little to be active 
and the Task Force expired. Thus, I think the XForms community should be 
considered to have had their chance to have a Task Force ponder XForms and 

The archives are at http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-forms-tf/

Henri Sivonen

Received on Wednesday, 12 January 2011 16:14:54 UTC