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From Bruno Dumon <>
Subject Re: [RT] Towards a new/another Forms Framework
Date Tue, 01 Apr 2003 15:37:27 GMT
On Tue, 2003-04-01 at 16:34, Andrew Savory wrote:
> Hi Bruno,
> On Tue, 1 Apr 2003, Bruno Dumon wrote:
> > It should be possible to create a form just by describing its structure
> > in an XML file (lets call this a "form description"). I don't like the
> > fact that for XMLForm/Struts the user needs to write a bean just to hold
> > the form data. Apparently the struts people are realizing this and have
> > introduced something like 'DynaFormBeans' for this purpose. XMLForm
> > allows to use any DOM document as data-structure, but a DOM document can
> > only hold strings, and not dates or numbers.
> Interesting. We've been thinking long and hard recently about whether or
> not it's possible to dynamically generate a form (or wizard-style set of
> forms) from a given Schema.

Schema with a capital S: are you talking about W3C XML Schemas?

>  This is basically because we're getting lots
> of requests to build "ingestion interfaces" that allow people to add
> content to a database based on a given metadata standard (which is
> provided as a schema). I think there's a lot of crossover between our
> schema-based forms plan and your RT.

Yep, though I think that what you'd like to have layers on top of the
form framework: it could be possible to generate form descriptions from
the schema information, but not all forms are always automatically
generated from a schema.

Bruno Dumon                   
Outerthought - Open Source, Java & XML Competence Support Center                

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