XML for forms

Len Bullard cbullard at hiwaay.net
Mon Jul 5 21:54:21 BST 1999

David Megginson wrote:
> 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.

There is work going on in the New Mexico court system for enabling 
attorneys to work with schedules in the local courts.
These rely on XML-based transactions.  Deatils and the 
DTD are online.  I am home and do not have that URL.  
It is particularly at the pass-points of heterogeneous 
systems such as typify city and state operations that 
XML can be applied.  Different pots of money procure these 
systems, so selling a complete system to any area is 
as much a matter of multiple customers under the same 
roof as anything else.  Then there are the issues of 
getting each nested venue to accept the standards for 
passing the information.  At this time, the best work 
is in the Federal area and there are large grants available 
to municipalities who apply these standards.

Solving the security and authentication problems, and getting the
approval of the legislatures 
to use this are the critical issues to using XML for so-called, public 
safety systems.  Currently, we field an application, I-NetViewer to 
enable privileged users access to the PS databases and to conduct a 
restricted set of transactions. We would like to advance to use 
of XML and are closely watching progress in the areas mentioned 
above.  The food chain of information providers based on 
standards such as NIBRS is very very large and very much in 
need of the ability to use BeyondDelimitedASCII transports.  
There are some challenges with the existing practices and applications 
of relational systems (the usual drill or ricebowl and 
entrenched vendors).


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