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> From: Roth, Scott [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 1999 3:40 PM
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> Subject: XFDL? Forms and XML
> I was wondering if XFDL which is mentioned on http://www.uwi.com 's page
> a standard for meshing forms with XML.
It's a "Note" to the W3C. From http://www.w3.org/TR/NOTE-XFDL
This document is the initial draft of the specification of
the XFDL facility. It is intended for review and comment and is subject
This document is a NOTE made available by the W3C for discussion
only. This indicates no endorsement of its content, not that the
Consortium has, is or will be allocating resources to the issues
addressed by the NOTE.
Given the fact that the "W3C does not endorse its content" I'd be
hesitant to call XFDL a "standard".
Here is an except from the W3C staff comment on the submission at
The submission describes an XML syntax for the Extensible Forms
Description Language (XFDL) to represent complex forms such as those found
in business and government.
XFDL includes support for high precision layout, supporting
documentation, integrated computations and input validation, multiple
overlapping digital signatures, and legally binding auditable transaction
XFDL specification mixes in one single markup format: content,
layout, actions and encryption. ...
XFDL provides full non-repudiation and auditability by storing the
form template, data, and internal logic in a single file that can be
digitally signed. XFDL also offers built-in logic, calculations, type
checking, enclosures, and online help.
W3C policy is to separate content and presentation. XFDL combines
content, layout, actions and digital signature.