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Using the same handler to observe multiple different events

From: Clark, John <CLARKJ2@ccf.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2007 16:07:38 -0400
Message-ID: <F122C25B4CD6F34BB119A97593679601027CA854@CCHSCLEXMB59.cc.ad.cchs.net>
To: www-forms@w3.org

I am interested in reusing event handlers, and I was wondering if the combination of Xforms (1.1) and XML Events allows this.  For example, say I have an event handler (an `xf:action` element) that looks like this:

  <xf:action ev:event="some-event" ev:observer="observer1"
    <!-- Potentially complex handler logic here -->

If I want the same handler logic to also respond to a second event (and potentially at a different observer location), I would like to not have to take the na´ve approach and duplicate the entire action.  The XML Events specification gives us one tool, the `ev:listener` element.  "Reregistering" the above handler might look like:

  <ev:listener event="some-other-event" observer="observer2"

Is the `ev:listener` element allowed in XForms, however?  Also, how would the use of the relative reference in `handler="#handler"` interact with IDREF resolution in XForms[0]?  If the `ev:listener` element is not allowed in XForms, then another possibility is to use the `ev:handler` attribute, which might look like this:

  <xf:action ev:event="some-other-event" ev:observer="observer2"

The same question about IDREF resolution applies here, though.  Also, the spec says that the `action` element "causes its child actions to be invoked in the order that they are specified in the document"[1]; does that allow for pointing at a different handler?

[0] http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/WD-xforms11-20070222/#idref-resolve

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/WD-xforms11-20070222/#action-action

Thanks, and take care,

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