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O'Reilly Open Source Convention


SOLD OUT Putting XForms to Work
Micah Dubinko, Cardiff Software

Track: XML
Date: Tuesday, July 08
Time: 8:45am - 12:15pm
Location: Salon A

Forms are a major component both of the Web and of individual applications, so it's important that an open standard stands behind the system of choice, whether it's proprietary or based on Open Source.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) XForms standard has gained critical momentum since the end of 2002, progressing towards the goal of providing a new technology with an XML-based approach that fits in with modern development practices.

This tutorial session will cover all aspects of XForms Technology, including:

  • How to make the change from the decade-old HTML forms and proprietary forms systems to XForms.
  • Core W3C technologies (such as XPath and XML Schema) leveraged by XForms
  • The "big picture", how XHTML 2.0 and related technologies (XML Events, HLink) fit in with XForms.
  • How to describe user interfaces at the proper level of abstraction--and how to use CSS to get the exact look and feel you desire.
  • How to provide form and business logic without requiring script.
  • How to provide sophisticated dynamic interfaces, including optional and repeating sections.
  • How to determine the best way to submit form data to a server or Web Service.
  • Form design patterns, accessibility, and helpful hints.

This session will include discussion and demonstrations of all major XForms implementations, both proprietary and Open Source.

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