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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

W3C Issues XForms 1.1 Candidate Recommendation Call for Implementations

W3C announced that the Forms Working Group has published the Candidate
Recommendation of XForms 1.1. XForms is an XML application that
represents the next generation of forms for the Web. An XForms-based
Web form gathers and processes XML data using an architecture that
separates presentation, purpose and content. XForms is not a free-standing
document type, but is intended to be integrated into other markup
languages, such as XHTML, ODF, or SVG. XForms 1.1 refines the XML
processing platform introduced in XForms 1.0 by adding several new
submission capabilities, action handlers, utility functions, user
interface improvements, and helpful datatypes as well as a more powerful
action processing facility, including conditional, iterated and
background execution, the ability to manipulate data arbitrarily and
to access event context information. XForms accommodates form component
reuse, fosters strong data type validation, eliminates unnecessary
round-trips to the server, offers device independence and reduces the
need for scripting. W3C publishes a Candidate Recommendation to indicate
that the document is believed to be stable and to encourage implementation
by the developer community. The W3C Forms Working Group expects to
request that the Director advance this document to Proposed Recommendation
once the Working Group has provided a test suite and an implementation
report to demonstrate at least two interoperable implementations for
each test of a required feature and at least one implementation for
each test of a feature. The working group does not plan to request to
advance to Proposed Recommendation prior to 14 February 2008 and expects
sufficient implementation data will be available by 15 May 2008.

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