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Formsheets and the XML Forms Language

Kristensen, Anders


Keyword(s): XML; form; formsheet; XForm; XSL

Abstract: This paper presents XForm - a proposal for a general and powerful mechanism for handling forms in XML. XForm defines form-related constructs independent of any particular XML language and set of form controls. It defines the notion of formsheets as a mechanism for computing form values on the client, form values being arbitrary, typed XML documents. This enables a symmetrical exchange of data between clients and servers which is useful for example for database and workflow applications. Formsheets can be written in a variety of languages - we argue that the document transformation capabilities of XSL stylesheets make them an elegant choice.

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