XML for forms

David Megginson david at megginson.com
Mon Jul 5 17:34:33 BST 1999

Gavin McKenzie writes:

 > But regulations and legal requirements around the presentation of
 > forms, which often constitute documents of record with all the
 > usual legal requirements, aren't going away anytime soon.

I agree -- it's a small (from an enterprise perspective) but useful
niche market: quite large enough to keep JetForm and a couple of
competitors busy (and wealthy) for a while, but too small to excite
the predatory instincts of the big players.  I expect, though, that
there will be relatively few *new* requirements based around the
layout of paper forms, so there is a solid ceiling on the market's

Given the relatively small number of players and the limited need for
interoperability in the looks-like-paper forms market, it's probably
not a good target for W3C standardization, though someone like OASIS
might want to take a stab at it.  Perhaps a better goal would be to
ensure that XSL is powerful enough to handle all of the layout
requirements for forms.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at megginson.com

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