5/10/01 9:25:38 AM, "John E. Simpson" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>I recently wrote:
>> For starters, you might take a look at Robin Cover's "XML and Forms"
>> page, at:
>> This is an excellent road map to the subject of "pure XML" forms.
>Well, that's true. But on reflection I'm not sure if that's what the
>questioner had in mind. If by "web forms" he meant "HTML forms that can
>be used *now*," I don't think pure-XML forms will help. If you use
>XForms to define a form, and open that document in a browser today, the
>browser won't treat it as a form but just as any other XML (non-(X)HTML)
>vocabulary. It won't recognize the "form-ness" of the document's
>content, because there's no inherent behavior or styling associated with
>any non-(X)HTML markup.
Also bear in mind that in the XML community, "forms" seems to have two different meanings; some
people use it to talk about data entry screens (as in "HTML forms") whereas others use it to talk
about legal documents (leases, etc.) that have blanks to fill in and are intended to be printed out,
often with legal requirements for presentational details like fonts and pagination.