XML for forms

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Mon Jul 5 01:14:54 BST 1999

At 01:15 PM 7/4/99 -0700, G. Ken Holman wrote:
>Before completing your system design, check out JetForm's new XFA - XML
>Forms Architecture:
>   http://www.xfa.com/

In fact if you go to http://www.w3.org/TR there are two submissions
there on e-forms, XFA and another one called XFDL.  I haven't read
XFA and I don't know the first thing about e-forms (even though I
co-edited XFDL, it was just XML sanity-checking) so I don't have 
an opinion as the trade-offs, but the submitters of both languages
have been in the e-forms trade for years, so presumably that 
experience is requested in those submissions.  

I haven't detected any real overwhelming momentum at W3C to launch
an ambitious e-forms standardization project, although I seem to
recall that some WG or other has the mandate to enrich & extend
HTML forms... -T.

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