XML for forms

David Megginson david at megginson.com
Mon Jul 5 19:25:49 BST 1999

Tim Bray writes:

 > It's an interesting area of work though - the notion that you can
 > finalize a weighty legal transaction (loan application, purchase
 > order) by filling in an HTML form and sending a bunch of
 > context-free name/value pairs to port 80 somewhere is pretty deeply
 > inconsistent with business culture as we know it, which relies on
 > the ability to resolve business disputes with litigation dependent
 > on the paper trail.  I'm not asserting that the Web can't support
 > this kind of thing, I'm just dubious that the HTTP POST operation
 > as now practiced provides the necessary infrastructure. -T.

The same problems exist with electronic forms whether or not they are
presented on the screen so that they look like paper forms -- we're
still stuck trying to figure out what to do with digital signatures,
transaction logs, etc.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at megginson.com

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