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[ANN] formsPlayer / Tablet PCs / Text submission results

From: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@x-port.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2006 18:30:01 +0000
Message-ID: <640dd5060611141030n35129203lced31c6c5d2a83e9@mail.gmail.com>
To: www-forms <www-forms@w3.org>

Hello all,

The latest release of formsPlayer 1.5 has:

  * improved support for Tablet PC's;
  * support for submissions that return text (from XForms 1.1);
  * support for the new 'target' attribute on submission (from XForms 1.1);
 * support for an experimental 'instance-error' attribute on submission;
  * additional control over CSS, such as styling 'hints' in different ways
   depending on the parent control's MIPs.


Some new features have been added to formsPlayer to support the needs
of one of our customers in the insurance industry. We've some ideas
about other features that could be added, but we're keen to get
feedback from users may have experience using Tablet's in other areas,
including in non-XForms solutions. If you have any suggestions or
comments for the kinds of features that would be useful, they would be
most welcome:


For some screenshots on what we have so far, see Phil's blog:



The new release also includes a few new submission features.

The first supports requests that return text values. Paul has blogged
about it here:


and he links through to some examples and a discussion of the feature,
which is defined in XForms 1.1:


Another new submission feature is the ability to indicate where the
returned data should be stored. This is important when returning text,
since XForms can only store data in XML, so simple text would need to
be placed in an element or attribute. This feature is also defined in
XForms 1.1:


The last new feature in submission is the ability to indicate where to
place any XML returned by a failed submission--something that is
important when using protocols such as SOAP, which use HTTP error
codes to indicate failure, but can still return useful XML data. This
is an experimental feature, and we'd appreciate any feedback.


The release also includes various improvements in CSS styling. One
such improvement is that 'hints' can now have their style set based on
the status of their parent control; for example, a hint could be
styled differently depending on whether the control is valid or

All release notes are available here:


Best regards,


Mark Birbeck
x-port.net Ltd.

e: Mark.Birbeck@x-port.net
t: +44 (0) 20 7689 9232
w: http://www.formsPlayer.com/
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