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Re: xForms replaced in UK Insurance Industry

From: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@x-port.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 12:26:57 +0000
Message-ID: <640dd5060611210426l3fbe8b12wcd693eaa1d207ace@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Alan Johnston" <arjohnston@hotmail.co.uk>
Cc: www-forms@w3.org, MSeaborne@origoservices.com, philtaylor@preferredmedical.co.uk

Hi Andy,

I'm not sure why you think the article implies a move away from
XForms. As far as I can tell, it seems to be about the far from
surprising discovery that when building insurance systems with very
large forms, you'll get better performance if you break the form up.
Additionally, although I don't know a lot about Polaris, it also seems
to be saying that Polaris will now use Ajax to provide a better user
experience (the implication being that previously, very large forms
were distributed).

On a technology level there's nothing earth-shattering here, I would
say, but in terms of support for XForms I think it's actually all good
news, since it seems to be saying that one of the main XForms systems
is about to be improved.

And as it happens, even just going on our own experience, the
insurance industry in the UK could actually be said to be *leading*
the way in XForms. (Although it is unfortunately not yet very public
about it.)

For example, one of our customers is using Tablet PCs with a .NET
application that hosts our XForms processor, formsPlayer. The
application stores and retrieves data and forms from a local SQL
database, so the whole package, based on XForms, provides a very
sophisticated, easy to maintain, data-capture system.



On 21/11/06, Alan Johnston <arjohnston@hotmail.co.uk> wrote:
> Just wondered what the forum thought about this article (Professional
> Broking - issue 13 2006) ?
> I understood iMarket is a major reference for xForms and is used by the
> whole UK insurance industry. Does this mean that Origio (life and pensions)
> and AMI (association of medical insurance) will move away from xForms?
> .........Andy
> (Sent again with a smaller attached file)
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